Arsenal face Newcastle on Saturday and former Gunner Paul Merson actually believes his former side might win.
The Gunners host Newcastle, who have failed to win a Premier League game since 21 October (Crystal Palace), at the Emirates on Saturday. With this in mind, despite Arsenal’s poor form at the moment, Merson has conceded that maybe, maybe his former team might just win this one.
“Nothing has changed at Arsenal. We are 17 games into the season and they are below Burnley. That is embarrassing,” said Merson, who played for Arsenal between 1985 – 1997.
“You can understand after five or six games, if someone gets off to a flying start, but this is 17 games in. I don’t know where Arsenal are going.
“I have said before that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will probably stay but now I think they have to go because they are doing nothing.
“Still, I expect them to win this game. If they could have handpicked any team to play it would be Newcastle, who have completely gone.
“Why have Arsenal done well at home and not away? Because it’s easier to play at home. You have a lot of the ball and teams come and play a different way.
“The teams that win trophies go away from home and stand up and win games.”
To be fair, Merson’s more confident than most Gooners are at the moment.
Arsenal have failed to win a Premier League game since we demolished Huddersfield 5-0 on 29 November. We lost 3-1 at home to Manchester United and have now drawn two matches in a row against Southampton and West Ham.
After the defeat to United, most Gooners weren’t that bothered since Wenger’s side had played well and were a bit unlucky. However, the following two clashes against the Saints and Hammers were awful. Both times, the Gunners were lucky to leave with a point and considering West Ham are fighting relegation and led by David Moyes, that definitely worrying.
Hopefully, Arsenal prove Merson right and we do manage to beat Newcastle. Although we’re not exactly title contenders this season and probably won’t be for a long time, if we can’t beat the Magpies, we really are screwed.