Arsenal fan's favourite now warns over 'dodgy' top four fight

Arsenal must bounce back swiftly otherwise Everton gain momentum in fourth-place push.

"Arsenal have to recover quickly from what happened at Stamford Bridge," said former Arsenal midfield hero Paul Merson in his Sky Sports column recently, otherwise, if they fail to bounce back then they may end up becoming embroiled in a dogfight for a top four position that they seemingly had secured weeks ago.

Arsenal were battered by Chelsea in a 6-0 humbling on Saturday and, while Merson had predicted that the Gunners would leave Stamford Bridge with a case of the Blues with Jose Mourinho's side reinforcing their title credentials while knocking Arsenal out of the race for the crown, even he could not have imagined such a one-sided domination.

The North Londoners have no time to feel sorry for themselves and, while some members of the first team were seen out that night helping celebrate Mesut Ozil's girlfriend's birthday, the club's fans will hope that there is no footballing hangover as the club prepare to take on Swansea City on Tuesday evening at the Emirates Stadium.

"If they lose this game then finishing in the top four suddenly looks like a dodgy situation," warned Merson. "Remember, Arsenal play Man City at the weekend and also have to go to Everton - who have a game in hand on them. It would be an absolute nightmare if Arsenal lose this because then it would be in Everton's hands to go above them if Roberto Martinez's side win all their games.

"This is a big game for Arsenal and they don't want to go into the Man City game with their confidence shot."

He continued: "I'd say [Swansea] are in trouble, but I honestly think the three that are down there would do well to get out of the relegation zone now. If you look at their fixtures, especially Sunderland's, they are majorly in trouble.

"Arsenal had a nightmare against Chelsea, but they should be able to win this game at home, despite all their injuries and suspensions."

With victory, Arsenal would see their point tally rise to 65, nine ahead of fifth placed Tottenham Hotspur.

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