Arsenal won’t be able to cope with West Ham trio Carroll, Arnautovic and Anderson, warns Paul Merson

ARSENAL legend Paul Merson believes his former club won’t be able to deal with West Ham’s attacking trio.

The Gunners’ fragile defence goes up against the likes of Andy Carroll, Marko Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson in the London derby tomorrow.

Hector Bellerin is ready to be thrown back into action following an injury lay-off
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Unai Emery’s side has shipped in 31 goals this season – 21 more than Liverpool including 16 in the entirety of December.

And Merson believes their defensive frailties means it is likely to make an exciting clash.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “Arsenal struggle to stop goals going in and West Ham’s best form of defence is attack,

“I don’t know how Arsenal will cope with the likes of Carroll, Arnautovic and Anderson, but the Gunners are good going forward so it makes for an entertaining game.”

Arsenals defence is in for a tough afternoon according to Paul Merson
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Koscielny was forced to pull out of last weekend’s FA Cup clash to Blackpool
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Arsenal shipped in a whopping 16 goals in December
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Carroll’s wait for a goal ended last weekend in the FA Cup victory over Birmingham City.

Arnie and Anderson have been in terrific form for the majority of the season with 15 league goals between them.

Arsenal head into the contest welcoming back a number of defenders who have spent the New Year on the treatment table.

Laurent Koscielny, Hector Bellerin, Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal are all fit and in contention.

Arsenal sit three points outside of the top four after 21 games
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Shkodran Mustafi is fit and is in contention to face West Ham
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West Ham have hit back at claims Marko Arnautovic wants to leave the club
West Ham’s attacking force will prove to be a handful for Arsenal according to Paul Merson
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Alexandre Lacazette looked in high spirits ahead of the London derby
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The Arsenal players were in jovial mood during training on Friday
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Central defender Konstantinos Mavropanos has also overcome a groin problem while Arsenal also face a reunion with Samir Nasri.

The Hammers midfielder is set for his first Premier League appearance since August 2016 after overcoming an 18-month ban for an illegal substance.


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