Paul Merson: Chelsea will cause Arsenal big problems - here's why

Former Arsenal midfielder anticipates defeat for his old club when they travel to Stamford Bridge for Sunday's showdown.

If Arsenal are to leave Stamford Bridge with a positive result on Sunday then they will need to change the way they play.

The Gunners take on Chelsea this weekend riding the crest of a feel-good wave having drowned Galatasaray by a 4-1 score on Wednesday evening.

However, that result alone cannot mask over their season-long deficiencies to date as Everton, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund have all capitalised on counter attack or one-on-one scenarios to score against the Gunners - and with Francesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, Arsenal's defence will consistently be tested by the division's most creative midfielder and most prolific striker thus far.

"Arsenal need to change the way they play if they are to get anything out of this game and even after watching them beat Galatasaray 4-1 I don’t expect them to get anything from Stamford Bridge," said Arsenal favourite Paul Merson to Sky Sports recently.

Danny Welbeck netted a hat-trick against the Turkish heavyweights, while Alexis Sanchez scored too and Mesut Ozil in particular had a game to remember from midfield.

For Merson, though, it was a case of Galatasaray being as bad as Arsenal were good and the North Londoners will likely come unstuck against the Blues as Chelsea will have "too much power" for them.

"They haven’t played well before that game and Galatasaray were very poor," he said.

"Arsenal are very good going forward, but they desperately need a central midfield player (why did they turn down Cesc Fabregas? He’s better than what they’ve got?) I think they’ll get picked off in this game and I don’t know how they can live with Diego Costa.

"Chelsea have too much power and will cause Arsenal big problems," Merson concluded, before predicting a 2-1 triumph for Jose Mourinho's team.

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