Paul Merson is predicting Arsenal to finish 4th before Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League following season.
The Gunners simply missed out on a place in next season’s Champions League after they wound up fifth in the table and 2 points behind their bitter north London rivals previous term..
Arsenal strengthened their squad this summer with the signings of Matt Turner, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos, along with Gabriel Jesus as Mikel Arteta looks to take his team back to the Champions League for the very first time since 2016.
Spurs have additionally been busy throughout the summer window, signing the likes of Clement Lenglet, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison and also Ivan Perisic as the Lilywhites prepare for their very first full season under Antonio Conte.
Merson believes that Arsenal could have an edge over their local rivals in the race for the top four next season because the Gunners will be competing in the Champions League at a high level.
Merson said in a column for Sportskeeda, “I’ll place Manchester United in the reckoning for a place within the top 4 as they’re a huge club, though they have not done plenty of businesses at this time in time to stand a possibility of securing Champions League football, so it ought to be between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
“If I needed to pick one of the 2 north London sides, I will have to choose Arsenal. The inclusion of Tottenham in the Champions League this season might be a problem for them as they have a lot of games to play midweek against their Premier League opponents.
“They do not really have a huge squad, that could make all of the difference,” he said. On the other hand, Arsenal should be able with manage their domestic commitments because the Europa League is not that good when compared with the Champions League.
Merson additionally revealed he’s a “massive fan” of Tottenham signing Perisic and he’s tipping the 33-year-old Croatian to be among Spurs’ key players in the future..Perisic last season netted 8 goals and made seven assists in 35 Serie A matches for Inter Milan.
Then he continued: “I can go on and on relating to this, but I am a huge fan of Ivan Perisic. This guy works hard and has the ability to hold his ground against the best players on the planet – that’s what makes him a great player.
He is an international footballer that works as hard as a person who has come into the big leagues from non-league football, indicating that he has the work ethic to go with his natural talent..
“Perisic has played for several big teams across the top five leagues in Europe and continues to be a major player for Croatia, therefore I expect him being a great success for Tottenham,” he said..
Paul Merson Predicts Where Arsenal And Tottenham Will Finish Next Season
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