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Arsenal vs Chelsea: Paul Merson predicts the scoreline

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Arsenal and Chelsea are set to go head-to-head on Saturday in what looks set to be one of the biggest games of the Premier League season so far. 

The London duo have both made mixed starts to the campaign and will be hoping to kick on over the coming weeks and months. 

Arsene Wenger's side are unbeaten in their past six games in all competitions, scoring eight times in their past two matches. 

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Chelsea succumbed to a home loss at the hands of Liverpool last Friday but bounced back against Leicester City in the League Cup on Tuesday.

But which side will reign victorious on Saturday? Well, according to Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, Arsenal will secure all three points at the Emirates. 

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Merson has his say 

Indeed, the ex-Arsenal man has tipped Wenger's side to overcome their rivals by two goals to one. Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the highly anticipated contest, Merson stated: "This is a huge match, especially with Man City playing at 3pm, because whoever slips up will probably be even further behind the current league leaders.

"I give the slight advantage to Arsenal because they're at home but it is one of those situations whereby, come 7pm on Saturday night, we will know what kind of season they will have.

"They are flat-track bullies but don't really turn it on against the big teams and could be eight points off the top if they lose and City win. Do you see City losing three games without Arsenal also slipping up?

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"For me, Cesc Fabregas has to play for Chelsea. N'Golo Kante will cover every blade of grass but you need someone to get on the ball and pass it. Fabregas is among the best in the Premier League in possession."

United vs Leicester 

The other big clash of the weekend sees Manchester United play host to Premier League champions Leicester City. Merson doesn't believe that the Red Devils will secure all three points against the Foxes, predicting that the game will end 2-2. 

He stated: "I'm a bit worried about Man United. I don't think Jose Mourinho knows his best team yet and that's the problem.

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"There are players playing out of position, they look short on confidence, and this is a big football match for them, considering they are already six points behind Manchester City.

"I think they should copy how Liverpool played against Leicester, pressing them high and suffocating them. If they don't, it is set-up perfectly for Leicester to pick United off.

"Claudio Ranieri likes to sit everybody behind the ball and if United don't score early, their players and fans will become frustrated, and that will play into Leicester's hands."

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