When asked about Saturday’s Newcastle v Arsenal match, no surprise who Paul Merson has tipped to win.

The former Gunners player thinks Arsenal will make it eight wins in a row against Newcastle, despite the fact he expects United to ‘have a right go’.

After a poor game from the player and his teammates, Merson thinks Olivier Giroud will do much better against Newcastle if he gets the service.

With eight goals in six starts against Newcastle, Giroud has a formidable record and with Newcastle conceding three of the four Premier League goals via headers from crosses this season, United will have to defend a lot better against the French striker than they have done in the past.

On the positive side, Paul Merson does think that Steve McClaren will sort Newcastle out, only not in the short-term.

Good thing for Newcastle is that Arsenal are already under a bit of pressure, having dropped five points in their opening three matches.

Whilst Aleksandar Mitrovic is somebody who could cause at least as many problems in the air for Arsenal, as Olivier Giroud could do for the Newcastle defence.

Paul Merson speaking to Sky Sports:

“Arsenal have got injury problems and Newcastle will have a right go at them – it is another must win for the Gunners.

“I am going for a 2-1 win to Arsenal but it will be a hard game without Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.”


“Olivier Giroud did not get the service the other (Monday) night and Liverpool played against his strengths.

“When Arsenal got the ball in the box it was down low, he’s good with his head. I think they do need a forward before the window closes.”

Newcastle ok?:

“Newcastle will be alright, I like Steve McClaren and he’ll bring some form of stability….but not overnight.”