‘Don’t be fooled, Arsenal will be ripped to shreds by Liverpool’, warns Paul Merson

first_imgPaul Merson has warned Arsenal fans to not be fooled by the team’s recent form, saying the Gunners will be ‘ripped to shreds’ when they face Liverpool.Unai Emery’s side are unbeaten in all competitions since their 3-2 defeat to Chelsea on 18 August, after which they won 11 games on the bounce and now find themselves fourth in the Premier League table.Few expected Arsenal to really challenge in their first season of the post-Arsene Wenger era, but their recent form has led some, talkSPORT host Jim White included, to suggest they could now compete for the title.But Merson has urged supporters not to get carried away by Arsenal’s run, telling talkSPORT after they beat Leicester 3-1 in October to make it 10 wins in a row: ‘They haven’t played anybody yet!’ 3 Arsenal produced a brilliant second-half performance to beat Leicester to make it ten wins in a row Paul Merson believes Liverpool will tear Arsenal apart at the Emirates getty Asked if Arsenal are genuine title contenders, he told talkSPORT host Jim White: “No. If they finish in the top four they’ve pulled up trees.“They’ve done well to win ten games on the trot, don’t get me wrong.“But when they come up against Tottenham and Liverpool, and especially Liverpool at the Emirates, I would be shocked if Liverpool didn’t win by three clear goals.“They will rip Arsenal to shreds.“I’m scratching my head, because Arsenal have won ten games in a row and in half of those games they could have been behind by so many in the first half.“But when they get going in the second half, when everything is rolling, then they’re the Harlem Globetrotters. 3 3 Ozil turned in a brilliant display against Leicester – but he doesn’t do it enough While it may appear an impressive feat, a quick glance at the Gunners’ recent opponents shines a different light on their run.Their league victories have mostly all come against struggling teams – with Everton and Watford are the only top-half opponents they have beaten – while it also includes a win over Brentford in the EFL Cup and two European minnows in the Europa League.MORE: Stuart Pearce dismisses Arsenal’s ten-game winning run – ‘Their fixtures have been kind’Arsenal have lost just two games this season, but they came against the only ‘top six’ teams they have played so far – Manchester City and Chelsea.Their next game against a top rival is on November 3 when they host Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.And Merson is expecting a bloodbath. “I mean look at Mesut Ozil, he was phenomenal. If he played like that every week, he’d be the best player in the world.“So no, I can’t buy into it. I think they’ve been very, very fortunate.“They haven’t played anybody yet, and you can’t play like this against teams like Liverpool.”Listen back to Paul Merson on talkSPORT above!last_img

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