Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson is fully expecting Arsenal to record a comfortable victory when they play Norwich City in the afternoon kickoff.
The Gunners head into the fixture off the back of three consecutive defeats but Merson believes his former club couldn’t have handpicked a better team to face as they seek their first points of the season:
“If you asked Arsenal’s fans, players, and Mikel Arteta who they’d want to play at home immediately after the international break, I’m sure they’d all pick Norwich. This is where Arsenal’s season starts, and they cannot afford to drop points this weekend. Norwich City have looked out of their depth in the Premier League, and Arsenal’s fans will want something more from their team this weekend. This is a big game for Arsenal – I think they’re capable of rolling over the lesser teams and should be able to win this match by a considerable margin.”
Merson has gone with a 4-0 win for Mikel Arteta’s side, which is a quite surprising prediction considering that the London club have not scored in the Premier League so far this campaign.
Arsenal did put six past West Brom in the Carabao Cup last month so you’d have to say the potential is there to score a hatful against the right opponent.
The Canaries won’t be pushovers, though. They have had a very difficult start to the season, with games against Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester. They showed a lot more fight in the 2-1 defeat to the Foxes, in particular, so the Gunners still need to produce a good performance to secure victory.