‘Gives them the upper hand’: Paul Merson predicts who’s going to win the North London Derby – Arsenal or Tottenham – Invimeo
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‘Gives them the upper hand’: Paul Merson predicts who’s going to win the North London Derby – Arsenal or Tottenham

Paul Merson has now predicted on Sportskeeda who’s going to win the north London derby this weekend – Arsenal or Tottenham. 

It’s set to be a huge clash between the bitter rivals on Saturday, with both teams starting the season in brilliant form.

Arsenal currently sit top of the Premier League and have put in some convincing displays so far. Spurs sit third, but just a point behind Mikel Arteta’s men.

Antonio Conte’s side are currently unbeaten in the Premier League, but Merson thinks this run will come to an end at the Emirates.

Merson predicts North London Derby

Writing in his latest column for Sportskeeda, Merson feels Conte’s side are not performing anywhere near their best this season.

“The way they’re playing at the moment, I don’t see Tottenham being able to beat Arsenal,” Merson writes.

“They did defeat Leicester by a 6-2 margin the other day, but the scoreline flattered them in my opinion.

“Son Heung-Min hasn’t done well when he’s started games so far this season, and Antonio Conte might use him as an impact player to turn to on the bench.”

Merson feels the home advantage will prove to be the difference between the sides on Saturday.

He added: “Are Arsenal title contenders? I’ll be able to answer that question after they play Liverpool next week.

“There’s no point in winning one big game and losing the next one. Arsenal lost to Manchester United and they now have two big games which they need to win.

“With Manchester City in the title race, both these teams should realistically aim for a top-four finish. Arsenal absolutely dismantled Brentford in their previous game, and their home advantage gives them the upper hand in this match.”

Merson predicts that it will be a tight contest on Saturday, with the Gunners beating Spurs 2-1.

Conte’s side haven’t hit their best form this season but have found a way to grind out results. Spurs remain unbeaten in the Premier League and have already picked up a point at Stamford Bridge after playing poorly.

Arsenal have put in some eye-catching displays this season but fell short in what was their biggest test of the season so far against Manchester United.

History certainly favours the home team in this fixture, with Spurs’ last win at the Emirates in the Premier League coming way back in 2010.

Conte will be hoping to break the trend while Arteta will be aiming to maintain their excellent record at home against their rivals.

 

 

 

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