Paul Merson predicts Arsenal v Liverpool

The Sky Sports pundit has cast his verdict on Monday night's much-anticipated Premier League clash.

Paul Merson believes Arsenal will beat Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, according to his regular Sky Sports predictions column.

Indeed, the former Arsenal midfielder hasn't been impressed by what he's seen of the Reds so far but has predicted a close affair.

He nevertheless feels Liverpool will struggle to earn a result and has placed plenty of weight on the fact the north London side will be at home.

Merson told Sky Sports: "Liverpool have managed to get a couple of wins but I don't think they have been great. Arsenal, in patches, were unbelievable against Palace then all of a sudden it's 1-1 - they should have been about 8-0 up then they were drawing.

"I'm going to go for an Arsenal win. Being at home gives them a big advantage and they will just edge it. It will be a difficult game for Liverpool to get anything out of from what I've seen so far."

Conundrum for Liverpool fans?

Considering the Gunners' home advantage, Merson going for a narrow Arsenal win (he predicted 2-1) is far from controversial.

And the issue for Liverpool fans based on their first two games could well make or break the Reds' season. Is this a new Liverpool team capable of grinding out results regardless of the situation? Or is this a Liverpool team that has performed poorly for two matches, continued in exactly the same way as last season and simply been fortunate against two lesser-ranked teams?

There are plenty in both camps right now - and the Arsenal game could well help identify exactly where the Anfield side really are at.

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