Paul Merson cannot see how Arsenal will be able to cope with Liverpool’s forward line and believes his former side will struggle at the back with Granit Xhaka likely to start at left back.
Saturday’s late kick-off will see Liverpool travel to North London to take on the Gunners in the 11th round of the Premier League and very few predict a home victory despite Unai Emery’s fantastic start to life as Arsenal boss.
His side have yet to lose a game since starting the season with back to back defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea and the majority of fans and pundits expect Liverpool to triumph over the Londoners this weekend.
Paul Merson – ex-Arsenal man – is also predicting a Liverpool win and says he fails to see how his former side can overcome the Merseysiders given the state of the Gunners’ back four.
“I can’t see anything but a Liverpool win,” he told Sky Sports. “I think this is the day Arsenal show some big cracks. I just think the defence is terrible, all over the place, and no different to what it was before.
“If Hector Bellerin is injured, you’re talking about Granit Xhaka at left-back, a central midfield player, and Stephan Lichtsteiner at right-back, who has been a good player but is nearly 35 now.
“How many 35-year-old’s are there in the Premier League?’
“We saw Leicester rip Arsenal to shreds for 30 minutes. They scored, Harry Maguire missed a sitter, they had a stonewall penalty turned down.
“Leicester’s front three aren’t even in the same class as Liverpool’s. I just cannot see how Arsenal will live with them.
“People will say: ‘Oh Arsenal will score goals…’ but Liverpool’s defence has been superb. I watched Arsenal win 11 games on the trot, and they could have easily lost four of them, let alone drawn them.”