´I can´t see anyone stopping Arsenal´ – Merson confident as Gunners go seven clear

    According to their former midfielder Paul Merson, Arsenal are unlikely to stop in their quest to win a shocking Premier League title.

    The Gunners took an impressive seven-point lead at the top of the table with a 4-2 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.

    Draws against Manchester City and Newcastle United earlier on New Year’s Eve gave the Gunners a chance to increase their lead at the top.

    And they grabbed it with both hands at the Amex Stadium, Bukayo Saka put them in the goal path after just 66 seconds.

    Inspiring captain Martin Odegaard doubled Arsenal’s lead with Eddie Nketiah scoring the third goal with Gabriel Martinelli coming into play on either side of Brighton duo Kaoru Mitoma and Evan Ferguson.

    Arsenal are feeling good after five consecutive top-flight wins and will take on third-placed Newcastle at home on Tuesday in the decider.

    Merson believes the title fight is already a double hose race between Arsenal and City and his support will shift to the Gunners despite Pep Guardiola’s champions remaining favorites with the bookies.

    “I think they will beat Newcastle,” Merson told Sky Sports. “They just won two games, scored seven goals, confidence is high.

    “They have won every home game this season in the league – that’s something.

    “Arsenal are nice to look at, it’s not an accident. You have to look at Manchester City, they lost at home to Brentford and drew with Everton who have a bad game.

    “It is expected that these are two games that City will win. That’s minus five points. I don’t see anyone stopping Arsenal at the moment.”

    Wins over West Ham and Brighton after the World Cup break have pleased Merson as Arsenal have been aiming to win the League One crown ever since their Invincibles team found success in 2004.

    He added: “When we stopped at the World Cup, you thought it could only hurt Arsenal. They flew. They came back and scored seven goals in two games.

    “They have a platform, it is in their hands. I know there’s still a long way to go, but there are big teams in this league that can’t win – Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, maybe Manchester United.

    Arsenal and Manchester City won’t come out unless the other teams have the most incredible run you’ve ever seen in Premier League history.

    “Who goes to Brighton and scores four goals? Arsenal play great football and are currently the best team in the country and the number one team.

    “They have given themselves a small lead when they can afford to lose a few games. Man City are not going to win every game so Arsenal are right about that, I can’t speak highly enough of them.

    “It’s not an accident, they are where they are because they are a very good football team.

    “They went to Old Trafford and lost and I don’t think they deserved it. There are ways to lose matches and they bounced back.

    “They lost 1-0 to West Ham last night but came back and pushed them aside.”

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