Tottenham v Arsenal: Paul Merson predicts result of huge north London derby

Merson has predicted the outcome of this evening’s match

Former Aston Villa midfielder Paul Merson has predicted the outcome of this evening’s (12 May) huge north London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

Arsenal head to Tottenham in fourth place, four points clear of their neighbours with three games to play, knowing victory would secure a top-four Premier League finish and ensure they qualify for next season’s Champions League ahead of Antonio Conte’s side.

The Gunners have yet to win at Spurs’ new home, but this is the first time they visit with travelling fans.

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Mikel Arteta said after Sunday’s win over Leeds that his Arsenal players have “earned the right” to go to Spurs in the knowledge that victory will end a five-year wait for a return to the Champions League.

Spurs know they have to win to keep their hopes of a top four finish alive.

Merson predicts tight north London derby

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes the game will end in a 1-1 draw, a result which would favour his old side.

In his latest Sportskeeda column, Merson wrote: “If this one ends in a draw, Arsenal only need to win one of their two remaining games in the Premier League to secure a UEFA Champions League spot. If they can’t do that, they don’t deserve to be there - it’s as simple as that.

“That said, if the Gunners lose this one, I’d say Tottenham are the favorites. It all depends on a lot of things, so we’ll have to see how this one pans out.

“Spurs need to win this one more than Arsenal, so the longer this one stays 0-0, the more you fancy Arsenal to see it off to get a draw at least. I think this one will be pretty tight so I’m predicting a 1-1 draw, which will be a better result for the Gunners than Tottenham.”

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