Paul Merson: This Tottenham ace is a silent assassin and he could kill Arsenal (not Alli or Kane)
By Amir Mir
Paul Merson has lauded the talent of Tottenham ace Christian Eriksen leading up to the Arsenal clash on Sunday afternoon.
The Sky Sports pundit believes Eriksen is a “silent assassin” and he could “kill off” Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in a Champions League place.
Arsene Wenger’s side will travel to White Hart Lane looking to get their season back on track as they aim to make a late dash to finish in the top four.
By contrast, their opponents will be hoping to keep the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea in the title race.
Merson believes Eriksen could be the difference maker on the day as both teams search for a much-needed three points.
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“Christian Eriksen is the silent assassin Arsenal should fear because he could kill off their Champions League hopes,” Merson told the Daily Star.
“I think he’s different class and massively underrated because he is up there with the very best. Look how many assists he has this season.
“He is a proper footballer but you never hear from him. He’s never mouthing off in the media, never outside nightclubs. He just gets on with his job.
“And he is the reason Dele Alli scores so many goals because he makes all his runs when Eriksen has the ball. His range of passing is phenomenal.”
Both Dele Alli and Harry Kane have been receiving the plaudits over the course of the season for their goalscoring form.
Attacking midfielder Alli has found the back of the net on 16 occasions in the league, while Kane has netted 21 times during his injury-hit season.
Many would argue that playmaker Eriksen has gone under the radar for the manner in which he has controlled games and dictated play for his team.
He has played 44 games in all competitions for Spurs this season, scoring 12 goals and supplying 20 assists.
In the Premier League, he has assisted 12 goals added with his eight strikes as he will be looking to add to his winning goal at Crystal Palace from midweek against Arsenal.
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