Pundit and Arsenal legend Paul Merson predicts what ‘tired’ West Ham will do in Wednesday night’s crunch top four clash at the Emirates.
West Ham travel to Arsenal knowing defeat would would see the Gunners leapfrog them into the Premier League top four.
The Hammers had opened up a gap on the likes of Arsenal during a superb eight-game unbeaten run before the November international break.
But just one win in their last five matches has seen David Moyes’s side surrender some of that cushion.
West Ham will remain in the top four with a win or draw at the Emirates.
Of course there is over half a season to go after the game so there will undoubtedly be lots of twists and turns to come.
But pundit and Arsenal legend Paul Merson fears West Ham will suffer defeat against his old club.
Speaking on SportsKeeda ahead of the crunch clash, Merson believe ‘tired’ West Ham will come out on the wrong side of a ‘great game’ because they rely too much on a certain group of players.
“Wow, what a game this could turn out to be!” Merson said on SportsKeeda.
“West Ham played really well against Burnley but they couldn’t score. If Arsenal win this one, they’ll go above West Ham in the Premier League standings and that’s rather unbelievable considering where the two sides were a few weeks ago.
“I think Arsenal will win this one, they’ll make their home advantage count.
“West Ham look a bit tired at times and tend to rely on a group of players too much, which has started to show a bit in recent weeks. Prediction Arsenal 2 West Ham 1.”
Let’s hope Merson has got this one wrong.
The former Arsenal man predicted West Ham would beat Burnley last time out.
Victory for the Hammers would put Moyes’s side on 31 points from 17 games and – with two games to go until the halfway stage of the season – on course to beat last term’s record Premier League points haul of 65.