ARSENAL will “rip Tottenham to shreds” in this weekend’s North London derby, according to Paul Merson.
And while you might expect the ex-Gunner to side with the red half of North London, the stats do make pretty grim reading for Spurs.
The team from White Hart Lane have won just ONE of their last 26 Premier league visits to Arsenal.
This came back in 2010 when they came from 2-0 down to triumph 3-2.
And while Mauricio Pochettino‘s side did beat the old enemy 2-0 in the Carabao Cup last season at the Emirates, Spurs have won consecutive away matches at Arsenal just once, victors in 1925 and 1926.
What’s more, Spurs are seemingly having a bit of a wobble, and their away form is certainly grounds for concern.
Tottenham are winless in their last seven away league games (drawn one, lost six), last enduring a longer winless run on the road between December 2011-April 2012 (eight games).
Their last away triumph in the league came on January 20 with a 2-1 success at Fulham.
A Fernando Llorente own goal had put the Cottagers ahead, but Dele Alli and a 93rd-minute from Harry Winks saw Spurs sneak it.
ARSENAL COULD ‘SCORE A FEW’
And it’s not just the Emirates that seems to be the issue.
Arsenal boss Emery has won all four of his home league games against Pochettino.
This was three wins with Valencia against Espanyol between 2009-10 and 2011-12 and with Arsenal last season against Spurs.
Speaking about the eagerly-anticipated clash, Merson told Sky Sports’ The Debate: “I think Arsenal will win the game quite comfortably, 4-1.
“I think they [Arsenal] will rip Tottenham to shreds.
“I think Spurs are struggling at the moment and if Arsenal get going then they could score a few.
“The Man City game has covered over the cracks at Spurs I think.”
Both teams will head into the game on the back of defeats.
Arsenal were always going to be up against it at Liverpool, and so it proved as they went down 3-1.
But Spurs were stunned at home by Newcastle, Joelinton scoring the only goal of a lacklustre game.