Merson: Newcastle can't win for toffee, Arsenal totally different with…

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Arsenal will dominate a team who are on torrid form in Newcastle United, says former player.

The difference one player can make to the effectiveness of Arsenal is evident as Arsene Wenger's side are far stronger not with their club record purchase Mesut Ozil, but a player who cost around 11% of the total cost of the German playmaker - Aaron Ramsey, signed for £4.8m six years ago.

That is the view of former Arsenal midfielder and two-time league titlist Paul Merson, who believes the club turned a corner when they slayed Hull City 3-0 and tips his former side to claim another win at the expense of Newcastle United, whom they take on at the Emirates Stadium on Monday, April 28.

"Arsenal have turned another corner and if you look back I think it has all hinged on the fitness of Aaron Ramsey," asserted Merson, as quoted by Sky Sports.

"If he had been available all the way through then I think their season would have been a different story. They look like a completely different team with him in it."

Arsenal have great recent form against their visitors having won all four of their last four matches against Newcastle in the Premier League. In the last ten games, the Magpies have collected just four points (one win, one draw) and lost 7-3 in North London last year.

Newcastle have also lost five in a row and have returned just one goal since their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last month (conceding 14 times in five games since).

"I think most teams that play Newcastle between now and the end of the season will expect three points with the way they are playing," said Merson.

"I don't think Liverpool need to worry about beating them on the final day unless a major improvement occurs over the next two weeks because they are completely and utterly gone at the highest level.

"They are in the middle of the table and simply can't win a football match for toffee. This is a fairly easy prediction for me - it has to be an easy home win."

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