Arsenal legend on last day drama: Wouldn't surprise me if West Ham scored in the first 10 minutes

Paul Merson

Former England midfielder Paul Merson thinks that West Ham could yet throw a spanner in the works of Manchester City's title bid.

Many are claiming the Premier League is good as done and dusted as we head into the final weekend of the season, with leaders Manchester City needing just a point to be declared champions over Liverpool.

But as a player to have gone round the block more than once or twice, Paul Merson is more qualified than most when it comes to trying to make sense of all the unpredictabilities the sport has to offer.

The ex Arsenal star feels that West Ham are a significantly more dangerous side than Aston Villa, who City rolled over relatively comfortably on Wednesday, and sees former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll as being someone that could do real damage to the Citizens title bid if given a chance from set-pieces.

"This will be different to the Aston Villa game because West Ham can hurt you from set-plays much more than Villa can," said the Londoner.

"If this game stays at 0-0, then all West Ham have got to do is get a set-play and they can score - nobody can stop Andy Carroll if he gets on a run - and they have other players in the side who are a threat."

Unfortunately for Liverpool fans, Merse sees Manchester City coming through with the necessary result to be crowned Premier League titles, even if there may be a rocky road there.

"I have got to go for Man City to win," the 46-year-old said. "But honestly, after what I've seen in the Premier League in the last month, it wouldn't surprise me if West Ham scored in the first 10 minutes and then suddenly it's game on!"

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