Arsenal legend Paul Merson has given his prediction for the Gunners’ FA Community Shield tie with Manchester City this weekend.
Arsenal will face Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday evening at Wembley Stadium.
Mikel Arteta’s side finished in second place on the Premier League table last season, while Man City won the title.
Merson, however, is backing the north London club to make a statement against Pep Guardiola’s side.
Merson (quoted by Sportskeeda) said: “I’m one of the few people who think that this is a massive game, and it is particularly important that Arsenal make a statement against Manchester City in this game.
“Arsenal lost both their Premier League games against Manchester City last season. If they lose this game as well, they will go into a new season having lost three big games on the trot to their league rivals.”