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Arsenal’s poor start to the season has taken a turn for the best – just in time for the north London derby on Sunday. And club legend Paul Merson has torn into Tottenham ahead of the match, insisting there is “no way” his former club will lose the match.
The Gunners have beaten Norwich and Burnley in their last two games to finally get their campaign underway.
And having seen Tottenham being dismantled by league leaders Chelsea, their improved run will give Mikel Arteta inspired belief.
Arsenal have a poor recent record in the derby, having only won one of their last six against Tottenham – perhaps giving Spurs a mental edge.
But Merson insists it is Arsenal who have the upper hand, claiming it all is on Nuno Espirito Santo’s men to get a result.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Merson believed that there was a lot of pressure on Tottenham having lost their last two.
“I think it’s a big game at the weekend against Tottenham,” said Merson.
“It’s always a big game, anyway. But it becomes even bigger.
“I did a thing with Jamie O’Hara a couple of weeks ago about the Arsenal Tottenham game, and I had to sit there. He absolutely rinsed me.
“He flew out today from the talkSPORT studios.
“I said even then when Arsenal had lost all three games and when Spurs had won all three games, that there is no way Arsenal will lose this football match.
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“I don’t see Arsenal losing the game. There is a lot of pressure now on Tottenham.
“The game yesterday, in the end, it was a bit like watching an under-10’s team playing against a man’s team. It was shocking.”
Merson wasn’t wrong about the previous game as Chelsea racked up 20 shots to while Spurs managed just two on target in their own stadium, proving who was the better side on the day.
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And with Arsenal having won two games in a row, there is renewed confidence at the Emirates that the Gunners can leapfrog their bitter rivals.
Only a two-goal win is needed to take Arsenal above Spurs in the table on goal difference – an extraordinary feat considering that Spurs were top of the table and Arsenal were bottom just two games ago.
But with fans already lamenting Nuno for his style of football, there is increased pressure on him to succeed in the most important game of his short Spurs career so far.
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