Merson expects Arsenal to drop Welbeck, predicts result v West Ham and first scorer

Danny Welbeck

Pundit expects his former club Arsenal to beat West Ham comfortably.

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson expects his old side to comfortably see off West Ham.

The SkySports pundit explains in his weekly predictions column that he expects the Gunners recent run of good form domestically will continue at The Emirates.

He does however foresee FA Cup hero Danny Welbeck to be dropped despite his winner at Old Trafford, burt that his replacement will fire Arsenal to victory.

Merson said: "West Ham have hit a bit of a bad run and this time of year, Arsenal are very reliable. It was good to see Danny Welbeck score for Arsenal at Manchester United but I think they'll play Olivier Giroud in this game and he can score first in a 3-0 win."

According to bookmakers William Hill, Merson's scorecast prediction comes in at odds of 22/1.

Arsenal have won four league games in a row and currently sit in third place, while the Hammers have dropped to 10th place, failing to win any of their last six Premier League matches. To make it even more daunting for West Ham, Arsenal have won six league home games in succession.

It may truly be a surprise if West Ham pulled off a win, but fans will want to see them put up a fight, and a 3-0 loss would make for a miserable afternoon.

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