By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Paul Merson has claimed Arsenal are “all over the shop” heading into the crunch derby showdown against Tottenham on Saturday.

The former Gunners forward admits he holds out little hope of Arsene Wenger’s side clinching the win they need to get their title bid back on track.

Arsenal have lost two consecutive Premier League matches and are three points behind their bitter rivals before Saturday’s lunchtime encounter at White Hart Lane.

Spurs ended a six-match league winning sequence when they lost 1-0 to West Ham in midweek but can go top of the Premier League if they win the first match of the weekend.

Wenger will not be able to call upon Petr Cech, who has been ruled out for a month with a calf injury, or first-choice defender Laurent Koscielny.

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“The way Arsenal are playing, I just cannot see them getting anything out of the game,” Merson told Sky Sports. “No Cech, no Koscielny and if Tottenham get going, start well and score first, I can see it getting out of hand.

Double blow: Cech wlll join Koscielny on the sidelines against Spurs
Double blow: Cech wlll join Koscielny on the sidelines against Spurs

“The only problem is they looked tired the other day at West Ham and against Swansea, but I am going to go for a very hopeful 1-1, as that is what my heart is saying, but my head is telling me Tottenham are going to win this.

“Arsenal are all over the shop at the moment, they have just lost two in a row and are without their best defender and goalie so I do worry for them. This is not the greatest Arsenal team and they do not have a lot of fight in them.”