Merson claims victory on Sunday ‘takes Liverpool out of the equation for Arsenal’ – Football365

Paul Merson reckons Arsenal will finish ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League this season if they beat Jurgen Klopp’s side on Sunday.

The Gunners are top of the Premier League with seven wins from their first eight matches after beating arch-rivals Tottenham 3-1 in the north London derby last weekend.

Liverpool, meanwhile, sit in ninth place in the Premier League table and are currently 11 points adrift of Mikel Arteta’s men, who they face on Sunday.

And Merson thinks if Arsenal extend that gap to 14 points at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday that it will prove too much for Liverpool to recover from.

Merson told Sky Sports: “I always thought the Liverpool game this weekend was going to be harder than the Tottenham game for Arsenal.

“It becomes even harder now because of the way Liverpool are at the moment, the way Arsenal are playing, the fans turn up with a lot of expectation this weekend to win that game.

“The early goal in the second half did it for Spurs on Saturday, but to be fair to Arsenal they were so dominant 10-vs-11. There was that 10-15 minutes in the first half where had Tottenham picked the right pass though, they could’ve been in trouble.

“Sometimes, with Arsenal, they’ve just got to steady it down, just calm it down for 10 minutes. They thought a little bit that because it was 1-1 they had to open up the game and score again, and it doesn’t always work like that. You need a bit of game management about you.

“Fair play to Saliba, he got brought off at half-time for France against Denmark the other day, but to bounce back and play so well shows you the strength of the young lad – you’d think he’s old, but he’s not.

“If Arsenal go 14 points clear on Sunday, it takes Liverpool out of the equation for Arsenal. The main aim for Arsenal is to be in the top four, we’ve seen what Man City can do, but being in the top four and being competitive, they can’t lose that insight or get carried away.

“If they win though, they’ll finish above Liverpool. If Liverpool got beat three more times all season, Arsenal would have to lose a third of their games to finish behind them.

“If Arsenal finish fourth, it’d still be amazing after being out of the top four for so long. But Liverpool have been so competitive with the points they’ve put up, it’s a massive game on Sunday.”

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