Arsenal legend says Spurs are ‘unravelling’ and will ‘comfortably’ lose derby

first_imgPaul Merson is convinced Arsenal will ‘comfortably’ beat Tottenham in this weekend’s north London derby.The Gunners legend also believes Spurs are out of the race to win the Premier League title despite the season being only three games in.Mauricio Pochettino’s side suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to struggling Newcastle on Sunday. Getty Images – Getty “Christian Eriksen is their most creative player but he’s been on the bench. I mean, who else have Spurs got that can put the ball through the eye of a needle?“I rate Tottenham highly as a team – they were Champions League finalists less than three months ago after all – but they have shocked me. “They have been my biggest disappointment this season so far, and I’m not just saying that because I used to play for Arsenal.“Pochettino’s comments that he has never seen so much unrest at a football club the other day were concerning and eye-opening. 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Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more targets statement center_img BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship on target Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January stalemate Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ deals LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week “He doesn’t normally speak so strongly, he always looks after the club’s interests and gets on with the job at hand. But his comment suggests things are unravelling at the moment.”Tottenham next face an Arsenal side who have enjoyed a solid start to the campaign. Unai Emery’s men have beaten Newcastle and Burnley, but fell to a first defeat of the season at Liverpool on Saturday.But it could have been different for Arsenal if £72million club-record signing Nicolas Pepe had converted a golden chance to give Arsenal the lead at 0-0.Merson said: “When you go to Liverpool and Manchester City these days, you have to take your chances, Arsenal didn’t. LIVE on talkSPORT Getty Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ 2 Mohamed Salah scored twice against Arsenal to fire Liverpool to victory last_img read more