Why Liverpool will beat Arsenal, Paul Merson

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Arsenal will not be able to ‘live’ with Liverpool with their defence a particular weakness – according to one of their legendary players.

Paul Merson spent 12 years in North London, winning two league championships with the Gunners, but the Sky Sports pundit is backing Jurgen Klopp’s side to prove their superiority at the Emirates on Saturday.

The Reds sit second in the Premier League – level with leaders Manchester City on points – with Arsenal four points behind following the end of their remarkable winning streak.

Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace ended their 12-game run of victories, but Merson believes a step up in class against Liverpool will prove too much for his former side – and their defence especially.

“I can’t see anything but a Liverpool win,” he told Sky Sports. “I think this is the day Arsenal show some big cracks. I just think the defence is terrible, all over the place, and no different to what it was before.

“If Hector Bellerin is injured, you’re talking about Granit Xhaka at left-back, a central midfield player, and Stephan Lichtsteiner at right-back, who has been a good player but is nearly 35 now.

“How many 35-year-old’s are there in the Premier League?’

“We saw Leicester rip Arsenal to shreds for 30 minutes. They scored, Harry Maguire missed a sitter, they had a stonewall penalty turned down.

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