Merson backs West Ham to cause Arsenal serious problems

Paul Merson believes West Ham have the attacking talent to cause Arsenal serious problems this weekend.

The Gunners head to the London Stadium in search of a third win on the bounce in all competitions, after beating Fulham 4-1 in the league and Blackpool 3-0 in the FA Cup, while the Hammers will be looking to stop a run of two Premier League defeats in a row.

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Arsenal bounced back from their thumping 5-1 defeat to Liverpool at the end of December with a thrashing of their own, as they put four past Fulham, and they will look to build on that at the London Stadium.

The Gunners won the corresponding fixture at the Emirates 3-1, but Marko Arnautovic was on the scoresheet that day, giving the Irons a first-half lead.

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Merson, however, is worried about the abilities of Felipe Anderson, Arnautovic and Andy Carroll.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “Arsenal struggle to stop goals going in and West Ham’s best form of defence is attack.

“I don’t know how Arsenal will cope with the likes of Carroll, Arnautovic and Anderson, but the Gunners are good going forward so it makes for an entertaining game.”

Merson then predicted a 2-2 draw in the encounter.

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With Arsenal in the form they’re currently in, this appears a strange prediction from Merson, particularly given the recent headlines surrounding the Hammers.

Arnautovic has been the subject of a £35million bid from China, and his agent has released a statement asking for the club to allow him to leave.

And while they beat Birmingham City 2-0 in the FA Cup last time out, they were held to a 2-2 draw by Brighton in their last Premier League outing, following a 2-0 loss to Burnley.

Merson does have a point when it comes to Arsenal’s defensive woes, however, as they have conceded eight goals in five games, but the Irons have let in seven in the same timeframe.

And the Gunners may not be too worried about Carroll, who has yet to score a Premier League goal this season, or Arnautovic, with his head potentially turned.

Anderson, of course, is the danger man, and he has been in exceptional form this season, scoring eight times.

If the Gunners can keep him quiet, however, they will be confident of taking all three points back to the Emirates.

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