first_imgArsenal will beat Tottenham comfortably in north London derby, says Paul Merson Advertisement Phil HaighTuesday 27 Aug 2019 8:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link143Shares Paul Merson does not fancy Mauricio Pochettino’s chances at the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)Paul Merson expects Arsenal to beat Tottenham ‘comfortably’ in the north London derby at the Emirates this Sunday.The former Arsenal midfielder believes that Spurs are lacking confidence and has not been at all impressed with them over the first three games of the Premier League season.Tottenham opened their campaign with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa, followed by a 2-2 draw with Manchester City, but then suffered a shock defeat at home to Newcastle on Sunday.Merson believes that even the draw at City was lucky for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and is expecting Arsenal to exploit their weaknesses this weekend.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘They were ripped at Man City,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘Okay they got a draw, but there are ways of getting draws, Man City had 30 shots.‘I think their confidence is shot as well. I watched them the other day against Newcastle, it was slow, they were 1-0 down and they were slow.‘I think Arsenal should expect to win this game, which is unreal, really. Tottenham will be well pleased with a draw, well pleased. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored twice already this season (Picture: Copa/Getty Images)Merson went on to make a prediction for the contest, and expects the Gunners to put four goals past their local rivals.‘I think Arsenal will win the game quite comfortably, 4-1. I think they will rip Tottenham to shreds.‘I think Tottenham are struggling at the moment and if Arsenal get going then they could score a few.‘The Man City game has covered over the cracks at Spurs I think.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpurs were downed 1-0 by Newcastle on Sunday thanks to a Joelinton strike, and Pochettino was critical of his side’s performance against the Magpies.‘I am very disappointed with the result and the performance,’ said the Spurs boss. ‘We conceded a cheap goal and it is not easy to come back after that.‘You need the capacity to step up in this type of situation but we didn’t show that quality today. When the ball arrives in the last third you need something from the talent and quality we have there and today we didn’t have that.’MORE: Arsenal legend Ian Wright ‘baffled’ by Unai Emery’s diamond formation against LiverpoolMORE: Why Liverpool signed Fabinho over Arsenal star Lucas Torreira and Chelsea midfielder Jorginho Comment Advertisementlast_img read more