Merson: Liverpool will rip Arsenal to shreds

Arsenal may be the form team in English football having won 10 games on the trot in all competitions, but Gunners legend Paul Merson reckons they have been fortunate and will be punished when they come up against a higher quality of opposition.

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery was handed a tough start to his Premier League career facing Man City and Chelsea in his first two games in charge, with the Gunners tasting defeat in both fixtures.

However, the Emirates outfit have won seven top flight games on the trot since and are in the top four just two points behind leaders Man City.

Despite Arsenal‘s excellent run of form, there are still serious question marks over their defensive solidity and Merson thinks that these issues at the back will cost Emery’s side against other top sides – especially against Liverpool who he has predicted will beat the Gunners by three clear goals when they meet at the Emirates on November 3.

“No. If they finish in the top four they’ve pulled up trees,” Merson told talkSPORT.

“They’ve done well to win ten games on the trot, don’t get me wrong.

“But when they come up against Tottenham and Liverpool, and especially Liverpool at the Emirates, I would be shocked if Liverpool didn’t win by three clear goals.

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“They will rip Arsenal to shreds.

“I’m scratching my head, because Arsenal have won ten games in a row and in half of those games they could have been behind by so many in the first half.

Arsenal again looked suspect in defence during the first-half of their 3-1 win against Leicester on Monday Night, but produced a superb attacking display in the second period to eventually win out 3-1.

“But when they get going in the second half, when everything is rolling, then they’re the Harlem Globetrotters.’’ He continued.

“I mean look at Mesut Ozil, he was phenomenal. If he played like that every week, he’d be the best player in the world.

“So no, I can’t buy into it. I think they’ve been very, very fortunate.

“They haven’t played anybody yet, and you can’t play like this against teams like Liverpool.”

Arsenal will be aiming to make it 11 wins in a row when they face Sporting Lisbon tomorrow night in the Europa League.

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