Paul Merson predicts Arsenal result at Fulham

Paul Merson believes Arsenal will bounce back from their defeat by West Ham in Sunday’s London derby at Fulham.

Mikel Arteta’s men were stunned on home soil by the Hammers in midweek, falling to a surprise 2-0 loss to David Moyes’ men, in another blow to their title aspirations. The Gunners have won just one of their last four Premier League outings.

After that defeat, Arteta knows his side has little room for error at Craven Cottage, and Merson believes that the inconsistent Cottagers will be swept aside, while praising Kai Havertz for his recent upturn in form.

Arsenal legend Merson said: “Fulham are another funny team. They couldn’t score a goal to save their lives at the start of the season but were flying along a month ago.”

“However, it looks like they are back to square one at the moment as they’ve scored just one goal in their last four games. London derbies are always tricky and Fulham will want to win this one, but I think Arsenal will get all three points away from home.”

Merson added: “They have to stay consistent and keep going as they look to get their hands on the Premier League title.”

“It depends on what happens when the Gunners take on Fulham later today, but I think Arteta will go full strength and start all his key players. Gabriel Jesus is the connecter up front for Arsenal, so I doubt he’ll put the Brazilian on the bench for Eddie Nketiah or Leandro Trossard.”

“Kai Havertz has been good in recent weeks after a tough start to his Arsenal career. I was always a big fan of him and knew he’d come good, so it’s been nice to see him emerge as a key player for the club during the festive period.”