Paul Merson is backing Arsenal to cement their top-four declare with a slender win in opposition to Leeds United on the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners began the Premier League weekend with a slender lead within the race to safe the ultimate Champions League qualification spot as Mikel Arteta appears to be like to grow to be the primary Gunners supervisor to safe them a spot in Europe’s high membership competitors since Arsene Wenger.
The north London aspect have received their final three Premier League video games in opposition to Chelsea FC, Manchester United and West Ham to place Arteta’s aspect in a robust place to wrap up fourth place regardless of a three-game dropping run in April.
Arteta put pen to paper on a contract extension with the Gunners on Friday, a deal that can see the Spanish head coach stay accountable for Arsenal till the top of the 2024-25 Premier League season so the Gunners supervisor will certainly be wanting to justify his new take care of three factors.
Leeds suffered a powerful 4-0 loss to Manchester Metropolis final weekend to go away the West Yorkshire aspect simply two factors above 18th-placed Everton within the relegation battle.
Former Arsenal midfielder Merson reckons the Gunners will ease to a slender win in opposition to Leeds on the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
“4 weeks in the past, you’d have checked out this fixture and thought what recreation for Arsenal as Leeds regarded protected,” Merson instructed Sportskeeda.
“Now that they’re set to play in opposition to a staff that’s combating for survival, this shall be an fascinating recreation. Leeds misplaced 4-0 in opposition to Manchester Metropolis, however they produced a variety of good moments in that recreation and will have most likely acquired a constructive end result in the event that they took their probabilities.
“All issues thought of, Arsenal are a greater staff and will win this recreation to get nearer to securing a spot within the Premier League high 4.”
Arsenal haven’t completed within the Premier League’s high 4 for the reason that 2015-16 season.
The Gunners will face their top-four rivals Spurs on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday evening.