The Premier League week 5 rounds of the game kick off on Tuesday as Crystal Palace host Brentford at the Selhurst at 19:30 UK time.
Former Arsenal playmaker Paul Merson expects Arsenal to beat Aston Villa and continue their perfect start to the season. Arsenal is currently on top of the Premier League table after winning all their four Premier League opening fixtures.
Pressure is mounting on Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa after they had recorded only one win in their last four Premier League games. Angry Aston Villa fans booed them after their home defeat to West Ham.
What did Paul Merson say?
Previewing the Arsenal and Aston Villa match, the former England international said: “I think Arsenal will win this, but it’ll be a slightly harder game than what they would expect.
“Aston Villa is really struggling at the moment and has Manchester City to come after this one, so Steven Gerrard will definitely be feeling the pressure.
“There’s a lot going wrong with his team at the moment and he doesn’t know his best XI, which is a worrying sign if you’re a Villa fan.
“Martin Odegaard is someone who has impressed me at the start of the season. He’s a very good footballer and has got a proper footballing brain—I can’t understand how Real Madrid let a player of his caliber go for as little as €30 million!
“He’s led by example so far and looks set to be a key player for the Gunners this season. I’m going 2-1 Arsenal.”
Manchester United seems to have turned their horrible start in the Premier League around after recording two consecutive wins against Liverpool and Southampton.
Leicester City is still without a win this season and will hope to move higher on the League table. They are currently bottom on the Premier League table with just one point.
On the Leicester City and Manchester United game, Paul Merson said: “They didn’t play particularly well, but you could also argue that Southampton didn’t really come too close to getting even a point.
“Leicester City will be kicking themselves for not getting at least a point against ten-man Chelsea after Gallagher’s red card, which was a bad result for them.
“To make matters worse, Wesley Fofana is leaving for Chelsea and the likes of Youri Tielemans and James Maddison could also move before the transfer window slams shut.
“Brendan Rodgers is a top-class manager, but this could be a long season for Leicester if they lose key players before the transfer deadline.
“People are getting a little carried away with Manchester United because of their result against Liverpool, but you have to keep in mind that their performance against Southampton wasn’t great. If that game had ended in a draw, no one would have complained!
“I see goals in this one, so I’m going for a 2-2 draw. Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t start the last two games and Manchester United has won, so I expect him to be on the bench this time around as well.
“His future is still not sorted, and I’d be shocked if he stays at the club beyond the transfer window.”