Paul Merson names Arsenal’s hardest remaining game after Spurs win | Football

Paul Merson is worried about one particular game Arsenal have left (Picture: Getty)

Paul Merson has named Arsenal’s hardest remaining Premier League fixture after they defeated fierce rivals Tottenham 3-2 in the north London derby.

The Gunners went 3-0 up against Spurs and despite Ange Postecoglou’s side reducing their lead to 3-2, the Gunners held their nerve to pick up a vital win.

The result put Arsenal four points clear of title rivals Manchester City before Pep Guardiola’s men cruised past Nottingham Forest to reduce it back to one point.

Following a busy day of Premier League action on Sunday, Arsenal are one point clear of City with three matches remaining but Guardiola’s side have a game in hand.

Arsenal host Bournemouth in their next fixture on Saturday before a trip to Old Trafford on May 12, looking to avoid the late capitulation that cost them last term.

The north Londoners then face Everton at the Emirates on the final day of the Premier League season as they look to land their first top-flight title in 20 years.

City, meanwhile, have a home game against Wolves before back-to-back away matches against Fulham and Tottenham and host West Ham on the final day.

Mikel Arteta applauds fans at full-time after the Manchester City v Arsenal Premier League clash

Mikel Arteta’s side have just three top-flight games remaining (Picture: Shutterstock)

Arsenal legend Merson, speaking ahead of kick-off in the north London derby, correctly predicted that his old club would beat Spurs and named Manchester United as a bigger test for Mikel Arteta’s side.

‘Arsenal are a better team all around the pitch [compared to Tottenham],’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘I don’t see anything but an Arsenal win to put pressure on City.

‘No [I do not think Spurs is Arsenal’s toughest remaining game]. I think it’s Manchester United. I still think it’s Manchester United.

‘They just turn up against Arsenal. I don’t know what it is. You’d have to ask them. But Arsenal very rarely go up there and do well. For me, it’s their hardest game.’

Arsenal beat Erik ten Hag’s side 3-1 when they met at the Emirates back in September.

Six months after that clash, Ten Hag was still angry over the result, citing a number of decisions which went against his team.

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