Paul Merson predicts Aston Villa v Arsenal

Paul Merson believes Aston Villa's shot confidence will cost them against an Arsenal team on a high.

Arsenal and Aston Villa are two sides trending in very different directions.

Villa have just six points all season, with one Premier League win, while Arsenal are at the top end of the table battling to win the title.

Last weekend Villa did manage to claim a draw against Southampton, which gives manager Remi Garde something to work with, but it would be a shock if they beat the Gunners.

Former Arsenal and Villa midfielder Paul Merson is not optimistic, telling SkySports he sees a 3-0 win for the North London this weekend.

He said: "Villa are slightly better under Remi Garde, but you can tell they have no confidence. I know Liverpool were supposed to turn up against Newcastle and turn them over, the same as people expect Arsenal to do on Sunday.

"But Newcastle have a bit more about them; I look at Villa's team and think: 'Who's going to hurt Arsenal?' I can't see anything but a comfortable win for Arsenal. You try and make a case for Villa, but I struggle."

Villa may have gained a little confidence after drawing with Southampton, but are playing the wrong team this weekend.

Arsenal have answered their own doubters after beating Olympiakos in the week to clinch a Champions League last 16 berth despite losing their first two games in the competition.

A surprise is never too far away with Arsenal, but if Villa choose now to win their second game of the season, it will go down as one of the biggest shocks of the campaign.

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