'Mind-blowing': Paul Merson predicts result of West Ham v Arsenal clash
Arsenal head to West Ham on Sunday hoping for three more points in their race for a Premier League top-four finish.
And Paul Merson, writing on Sportskeeda, has shared his results prediction between the Gunners and the Hammers.
Arsenal returned to fourth in the table last week thanks to outstanding victories over Chelsea and Manchester United.
On Sunday, rivals Spurs kick off against Leicester at 2pm, while Arsenal’s game starts at 4:30pm.
So the Gunners will have to wait and see whether they can cement a top-four place and look to climb back in.
Arsenal will be up against a talented Hammers side struggling to juggle their domestic and European commitments.
West Ham lost further ground in the league after a late defeat to Chelsea last Sunday.
David Moyes rested several key players at Stamford Bridge ahead of their Europa League semi-final second-leg meeting with Eintracht Frankfurt.
West Ham only lost 2-1 against the Bundesliga side, so they’re still very much in the tie ahead of next week’s return leg.
And there’s a good chance Moyes will rest key players again for when Mikel Arteta’s charges go to east London.
West Ham are eight points behind the Gunners, having played a game more than the north Londoners.
But winning the Europa League is the best way for the Hammers to play Champions League football next season.
“A nothing game for West Ham”
Merson reckons Arsenal will get the better of the hosts on the day, predicting a 2-0 away win.
“West Ham’s approach against Chelsea was mind-blowing,” he wrote on Sportskeeda.
“They rested three of their best players – Michail Antonio, Declan Rice, and Jarrod Bowen – to prepare for their Europa League tie.
“If West Ham do win the Europa League, I think Declan Rice has no excuse but to stay at the club. If they don’t win it, however, he may well leave for a club that plays in the Champions League.
“This is the perfect time for Arsenal to play West Ham and beat them. This is a nothing game for West Ham, but it could prove to be a massive result for Arsenal.”
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