Ex-Arsenal forward Paul Merson is confident his former club’s rivals Tottenham Hotspur will beat Ajax in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Spurs have reached the last four of the competition for the first time – although they did fall at the semi-final stage of the European Cup in 1962 – and will play the Dutch outfit for the chance to get to the final.
Ajax knocked out Real Madrid in the second round and then stunned Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus side in the quarter-finals.
They travel to North London for the first leg on April 30 before hosting the second leg on May 7.
Spurs beat Borussia Dortmund in their second-round clash before last night’s 4-3 defeat to Manchester City saw them win through on away goals after they took a 1-0 lead into the tie.
The winners of the Tottenham-Ajax semi-final will play Barcelona or Liverpool in the final, to be held in Madrid on June 1.
And Merson believes that during their match against City, Spurs showed they have what it takes to go all the way to the final.
“Everybody in Europe will be looking at this result and going ‘wow’,” he told Sky Sports.
“Anyone can win a one-off game, I’ve seen it a million times in FA Cup shocks, but to go there and score three goals and to show the bottle to have a go…
“Second half, Tottenham were pinned back.
“They could easily have put their heads down and gone ‘there’s no way we’re getting out of this. At 4-2 down, we’re out,’ but they kept on going.”
And the former England international thinks that Tottenham will be too good for Ajax when they line up for the semi-final in a couple of weeks.
“Don’t take anything away from Tottenham, this is a phenomenal football result and they have every chance of being in the final.
“Ajax are good but if Tottenham play to their best, they’ll have too much for Ajax.
“Tottenham have just beaten one of the best club teams in the world.
“We go mad over Man City and how good they are. But they’ve beaten them over two legs.”