By Sean Hayes

Ex-Arsenal star Paul Merson is predicting a comfortable 3-0 victory for his former club this weekend, as they return to Premier League action against Swansea City on Saturday.

Going into the international break the Gunners snatched a late 1-0 win away to Burnley and the pundit feels that win was crucial.

“What has impressed me with Arsenal is they weren’t great against Southampton and Burnley, but they won both matches,” he wrote in his prediction piece on Sky Sports.

“In previous years they would have probably dropped points.”

The Gunners are currently sitting in third in the Premier League table, with their only loss coming at home to Liverpool on the opening weekend.

With their current form in mind, Merson is confident that they will pick up another three points at the Emirates Stadium and keep up the pace with league leaders Manchester City.

“It’s always dangerous coming off an international break and star players like Alexis Sanchez will have done a lot of travelling, but the way Arsenal are playing at the moment means Swansea will do well to get near them,” he said.

The visitors have been poor so far this season with just one win to their name in seven outings, which led to Francesco Guidolin’s sacking.

Former USA coach Bob Bradley has since took the reins and will be looking to kick-start their season as the Swans aim for their third-straight away win against the North London club.

“If I was Bob Bradley, I would probably have waited until Monday before taking charge! This is a tough first game,” Merson said.

“Swansea have a great recent record at the Emirates and Arsenal were lucky against Burnley, but I see a Gunners victory here.”


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