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Ex-Arsenal man expects return to winning ways this weekend

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Arsenal are gearing up for the most important two weeks of their season, with a double-header against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League on the horizon, but the first point of call is this weekend’s London derby against West Ham.

The Hammers have enjoyed an upturn in form since March’s international break, boasting a three match unbeaten run, whilst Arsenal have continued to struggle in their Premier League matches- losing last weekend to Newcastle.

However, the home form of Arsene Wenger’s side has remained solid and the Gunners are still tipped as favourites for this weekend’s clash, with former Arsenal defender Paul Merson telling Sky Sports he expects his old side to win.

“I would expect Arsenal to win this. There’s the prospect of Burnley finishing above Arsenal – no disrespect but if you’re Arsenal you don’t want to be finishing a 38-game season behind Burnley. Not in this day and age – maybe in the 1920s! You can understand finishing below the top five, but not Burnley.”

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