Paul Merson makes confident prediction for Brentford vs Arsenal


    Arsenal have bad memories of their most recent trip to Brentford (Picture: Getty)
    Arsenal have bad memories of their most recent trip to Brentford (Picture: Getty)

    Paul Merson believes Arsenal will gain revenge on Brentford and bounce back from their defeat at Manchester United in their most recent Premier League match.

    The Gunners surrendered their unbeaten start to the new season at Old Trafford earlier this month when a Marcus Rashford brace helped Erik ten Hag’s side continue their eye-catching revival.

    Arsenal saw last week’s game against Everton postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth, while their scheduled Europa League group stage match against PSV Eindhoven has also been moved.

    The league leaders will return to action at the Brentford Community Stadium on Sunday, the scene of their defeat of the opening weekend of last season when goals from Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard helped the Bees to a historic victory on their top flight return.

    Despite injury concerns to the likes of Oleksandr Zinchenko and Thomas Partey, Merson his confident his old club will have enough to return to winning ways.

    Sergi Canos scored Brentford's first ever Premier League goal in last season's 2-0 win over Arsenal
    Sergi Canos scored Brentford’s first ever Premier League goal in last season’s 2-0 win over Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

    He told Sportskeeda: ‘Arsenal will remember what happened on the opening day of the 2021-22 Premier League season – in fact, it’ll be fresh in their memory.

    ‘Ivan Toney scored a sensational hat-trick for Brentford against Leeds and will be one to watch out for, but I think Arsenal will get all three points.

    ‘It will be a tough game, but the Gunners have been good this season and will look to return to winning ways after losing 3-1 to Manchester United.

    ‘Arsenal’s top-four chances look a lot better this season. The problem is, they went 2-1 down against Manchester United and Mikel Arteta immediately made three substitutions, which looked like a knee-jerk reaction to me at the time.

    ‘They need to believe in themselves more and in all honesty, Arsenal didn’t play badly despite losing to Manchester United.

    ‘If Gabriel Jesus gets injured, they have massive problems. Eddie Nketiah is a good lad, but playing and scoring every week is a different ball game.

    ‘I don’t want to say too much, but Arsenal are in a good position to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League and I hope they can make it count this time.’

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