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Paul Merson Says Arsenal Will 'Rip Tottenham Hotspur to Shreds' in Derby Match

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2019

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Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson has said the Gunners will comprehensively defeat Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in the north London derby.

Speaking on Sky Sports' The Debate (h/t John Hutchinson of The Sun), Merson said Unai Emery's team could exploit Mauricio Pochettino's side on their way to a substantial Premier League victory.

"I think Arsenal will win the game quite comfortably, 4-1," said Merson. "I think [Arsenal] will rip Tottenham to shreds. I think Spurs are struggling at the moment, and if Arsenal get going, then they could score a few. The Man City game has covered over the cracks at Spurs I think."

Former Spurs midfielder Jamie O'Hara told The Debate he thinks Spurs will win 2-1, prompting Merson to make his prediction, per Sky Sports Premier League.

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"Arsenal to win comfortably, they'll rip Spurs to shreds. I will go 4-1" 😲 Paul Merson and Jamie O'Hara make their North London Derby predictions ahead of the Super Sunday clash https://t.co/oSsw4VNZmV

The Gunners have beaten their neighbours in their four home matches since Emery began his tenure 15 months ago. Spurs have hit a unstable patch, with Pochettino waiting to see if key playmaker Christian Eriksen remains at the club. The Dane has been linked with a move abroad. The transfer window remains open in France, Germany, Italy and Spain until September 2.

Both north London sides have already lost a game since the start of the Premier League season, with Arsenal beaten 3-1 at Anfield and Spurs suffering a shock 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle United.

Nicolas Pepe's arrival has boosted the attacking options for Emery, and the Spaniard will hope his forwards meet Merson's expectation. Despite their loss on Merseyside, the Gunners showed plenty of promise in the game, and they matched Liverpool during spells.

However, Spurs look stale without Eriksen pulling the strings as a starter, and the midfielder has started only one match in the Premier League, with his future unresolved.