Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has said it is “embarrassing” that the club are sitting behind Burnley in the Premier League table but expects them to bounce back to winning ways against Newcastle United on Saturday.
The Gunners have been forced to settle for a single point in their last two matches, against Southampton and then West Ham on Wednesday, and have not tasted victory in the league since their 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield at the end of November.
Their results, culminated with the performances of other sides around them in the table, means that they currently sit in seventh, behind their regular top six rivals as well as Burnley, who have impressed this season with their performances.
Saturday sees them go up against a Newcastle side on a dreadful run of form, with Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Everton their seventh loss in eight games, a winless streak which has garnered just one point from a possible 24.
Ahead of the clash, Merson boldly claimed that there is not another side the Gunners would want to be facing this weekend, and is expecting Arsene Wenger’s men to comprehensively see off the Magpies in his damning verdict.
Predicting a 4-0 win for his former side, Merson wrote on Sky Sports’ website: “We are 17 games into the season and they are below Burnley. That is embarrassing.
“You can understand after five or six games, if someone gets off to a flying start, but this is 17 games in.
“If they could have handpicked any team to play it would be Newcastle, who have completely gone.
“Why have Arsenal done well at home and not away? Because it’s easier to play at home. You have a lot of the ball and teams come and play a different way.”
Newcastle have not won a game against Arsenal since 2010, a 1-0 victory thanks to Andy Carroll’s goal, with the Gunners having tasted victory in each of the last nine meetings between the two sides.
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