Merson assesses Arsenal season, Newcastle & Hull in FA Cup

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A fans favourite with Arsenal, former midfielder Merson cannot foresee anything other than comfortable win versus Newcastle United and Hull City.

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson, a two-time League titlist and FA Cup winner, has said that the result between his old club and visiting Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium should be a foregone conclusion this evening as the Magpies "cannot win for Toffee".

The Englishman points to a turning point in Newcastle's season - when manager Alan Pardew was suspended for a headbutt during a match with Hull City - and claims they have since been dire. An Arsenal victory, Merson writes, would "cement their top four position".

Merson said: "[Newcastle United] sold Yohan Cabaye in January and shortly after that they got safe in the middle of the table and they haven't been able to pick themselves up again. I watched them a few weeks ago against Hull, in the game when Alan Pardew headbutted David Meyler, and they were outstanding. They ripped apart a Hull team that was on a bit of a run, but they've struggled for wins since then.

"They can't win their home games, so what chance have they got at the Emirates? I think Arsenal will win this and cement their position in the top four. If they can do that and win the FA Cup then I think that would be a brilliant season - and I think they will do both."

Arsenal only have one match left in their FA Cup run, the final against Hull City to be contested on Saturday, May 17. Next month represents Arsenal's best chance of winning silverware since 2011, when they lost a League Cup final against Birmingham City at Wembley Stadium four years after losing 2-1 to Chelsea in the same competition at the same stage albeit at the Millennium Stadium.

"Arsenal ripped Hull apart last week - and Hull won't have Nikica Jelavic or Shane Long in the Cup Final. Psychologically the Hull players will be worried about that," Merson claimed.

"March was a nightmare for Arsenal," he added. "They had hard games and got punished in all of them. We all said they would be a force if they were still in it in April - and while they are no longer in the title race they are winning these games as expected.

"[The Newcastle match] is a fairly easy prediction for me - it has to be an easy 4-0 home win."

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