Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson is backing the Gunners to beat Huddersfield Town this afternoon.
The TV pundits did say, however, he wouldn’t be surprised if the London club didn’t secure the three points at the John Smith’s Stadium despite the Terriers’ awful form.
Merson feels Arsenal’s poor defence could cost them another win:
“I’m going to go for Arsenal, but I would not be shocked if they did not win because defensively, Arsenal are just not good enough.”
“And sooner or later, something has got to happen at Huddersfield, they have to have an all out go now, it is pointless coming away from this game with a draw.”
The ex-Gunners star has predicted a 2-0 victory for his former side but he is clearly concerned by Unai Emery team’s porousness at the back.
Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny are likely to be partnered again in the centre of the defence, although Nacho Monreal could come into the side like he did for the 2-1 win over Cardiff.
The only other option would be to give Konstantinos Mavropanos a starting berth. The Greek international has only played 11 minutes of first-team football this season after being sidelined with a groin injury.
It may be a risk selecting a player who is not match fit but the 21-year-old will need to get game time at some point.