It's a must, must, must, must, must-win game for Arsenal, says Paul Merson

Dean Court

Paul Merson believes Arsenal will drop points against Bournemouth, with Benik Afobe coming back to haunt them.

Paul Merson believes it is absolutely essential Arsenal win away to Bournemouth on Sunday.

Speaking to SkySports he described it not only as a must win game, but uttered the word 'must' five times to underline his point.

The Gunners travel to the south coast after three games without scoring, and Merson is desperate for his former side to get back on track.

He said: "It's a must, must, must, must, must-win game for Arsenal. They were Premier League favourites and now, all of a sudden, they're looking over their shoulder."

Despite Merson's belief victory is vital, he does not have confidence they will claim all three points.

He explained that he feels the pressure from teams around them is strong, and that former Gunners starlet Benik Afobe will come back to haunt them, after signing with the Cherries in January and settling in instantly.

Merson predicted a 2-2 scoreline, and says the progress of their rivals Tottenham is an irritation.

He said: "Benik Afobe will be a handful and he'll be keen to impress against his former club. Because of that I fancy Bournemouth to get a point.

"Arsenal haven't won in the league for a month, their confidence is shot at the moment and, to make things worse, Tottenham are above them."

Arsene Wenger's side are five points behind league leaders Leicester City, who travel to Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime aiming to keep their dream run going.

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