Paul Merson predicts Manchester City v Arsenal

Paul Merson

Will Manchester City defeat Arsenal at The Etihad this weekend?

Ex-Gunner Paul Merson believes Arsenal will come unstuck away at Manchester City again this weekend, he told SkySports.

The pundit says he has little confidence Arsene Wenger's side will get a result against the side sitting joint top of the Premier League.

He said: "I can’t pick Arsenal because of their record against the top four. If they get a draw they should be happy. It’s a shame that Arsenal are going to the Etihad and they’re only thinking about getting in the top four, they should be going up there and fighting for the title.

"Sergio Aguero will definitely play on Saturday and give Per Mertesacker a hard time. Going to Everton and getting a draw - as City did - isn’t normally an easy feat. But to go from eight points behind to just two, they have done really well."

Aguero featuring would be real difference maker for City, but even without him they have hauled in Chelsea's lead in the table.

They could to head into the game three points off the top with Chelsea travelling to Swansea City a day earlier, or will also be motivated to take an outright lead should Jose Mourinho's team slip up.

Arsenal are also engaged in their own battle for a top four place, and as Merson says, will want to come away with at least a draw from a ground where they conceded six goals last season in an entertaining 6-3 defeat.

City's home record is the fourth best in the Premier League, winning seven drawing two and losing one, while Arsenal have the fifth best away record, but have lost four games on their travels including their last one against Southampton.

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