Paul Merson predicts clear winner between Chelsea and Arsenal

Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager looks dejected after their defeat during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Arsenal at Bet365 Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Stoke on Trent,...

Pundit tips the Blues to beat Arsenal convincingly.

Paul Merson answers questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England.

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes Chelsea will make light work of the Gunners this weekend.

Chelsea host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in a 12.30 kick-off on Sunday, and Merson is predicting a 3-0 victory.

Speaking to SkySports, Merson admits it could get interesting if Arsenal score first, but is not expecting anything other than a Chelsea win.

Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager looks dejected after their defeat during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Arsenal at Bet365 Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Stoke on Trent,...

He said: "When they are losing too many of them just go completely and utterly missing. The shape goes out of the window and if they let in the first goal it could be anything.

"People are saying to me 'what a good result against Bournemouth' but if you could have handpicked any team to play last week it was Bournemouth.

"If Arsenal score first it will be a very interesting match but I don't think they will."

It is a big test for an Arsenal team which have a brittle confidence, as seen in their recent 4-0 defeat by Liverpool.

Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal embrace after he is subbed during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on August 27, 2017 in...

Gooners will still be haunted by the 6-0 loss at Stamford Bridge two seasons ago, Arsene Wenger's ill-fated 1,000th game in charge.

The two teams have met once already this season in the Community Shield, a 1-1 draw which Arsenal won on penalties.

Chelsea will be out to avenge that, but most importantly get one back for the FA Cup final defeat back in May.

 

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