'Arsenal must play better before Bayern otherwise it'll be a cricket score'

Even though the Gunners are winning, ex Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes they need to improve if they are to profess in the Champions League.

Arsenal are unbeaten in all competitions since the start of the year and have only conceded once in three games but, because of the manner in which they have triumphed, they are yet to really fire on all cylinders, as they did when the season was in it's infancy.

As such, unless they return to their erstwhile pomp, they will get turned over in the big games - and they have a number coming up, such as their trip to Anfield on February 8, their Emirates Stadium encounter against last season's champions Manchester United, followed by another home tie against Bayern Munich, in the Champions League round of 16.

That is the view of former Gunner Paul Merson, who offered more on Sky Sports: 'Arsenal have not been playing well in the last couple of weeks and they need to be careful. I know they have been winning, but they haven't been playing big teams and I think they need to improve.'

While he believes their current form will be enough to outfox Fulham in North London tomorrow, Saturday, to maintain their supremacy at the head of the Premier League table, he claims they need to perform much better in order to ensure their results remain positive in the middle of February, when they face the aforementioned gauntlet run of opponents.

'They probably won't need to play better to beat Fulham, but if they play like they did at Villa when they go to Bayern Munich then it will be a cricket score. They have some big games coming up and need to get better, but I see them winning this and it's another game gone by with them still top of the league. I expect them to do a job before Chelsea play Man United.'

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