March 17th 2023.
Paul Merson has offered his forecast for Arsenal's encounter with Crystal Palace and Everton's journey to Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend. He claims that if Arsenal triumph, they can move eight points ahead of Manchester City in the title race before the international break. Mikel Arteta's crew have won five straight league matches prior to their battle with Palace. On the other hand, Crystal Palace have only triumphed once since the World Cup break and recently let go of Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira. Merson stated to Sportskeeda: 'I'm going for an Arsenal victory without a doubt - pick a scoreline! I've always said this and I firmly believe it matters who plays first in terms of the title race. City will have matches in hand, but Arsenal must do whatever they can to pressure Guardiola's team as we approach the latter stages of the season. People keep saying that Arsenal have difficult fixtures in the near future, but I take a look at Manchester City's schedule and it doesn't seem easier.' (Image Source: https://metro.co.uk)
Crystal Palace, however, are already in a fight against relegation, but the good news is that there's too much space between them and the bottom three. Prior to Vieira's dismissal, Merson added: 'As for Arsenal's standout performer this season, it's between Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard, for me. The Arsenal skipper has been a leader and performed regularly, while Saka has scored some big goals for Mikel Arteta.'
Paul Merson has made his forecast for the Premier League matches and believes that Arsenal will not make a mistake when they play against Crystal Palace on Sunday. Mikel Arteta's side was eliminated from the Europa League on Thursday, yet they have gained five consecutive wins in the league before their confrontation with Palace. Patrick Vieira was fired on Friday due to the Eagles' poor run since the World Cup break, although Merson had already made his prediction before the sacking. He suggested that Arsenal could move eight points ahead of Manchester City in the title race if they won, and that City's upcoming schedule is not much easier than Arsenal's. The former Gunners legend further commented that the game against Arsenal is a free hit for Palace, since all the teams they will face in the next six games lie lower in the standings than them. He concluded that the best players for Arsenal this season have been Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka, who have both performed consistently and scored key goals.
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