Arsenal legend Paul Merson has claimed that Arsene Wenger is already making excuses for losing to Manchester United in the lead-up to their Premier League clash this weekend.
Wenger’s side have a six-point advantage over the Red Devils but the Gunners have been rocked by injuries ahead of the much-anticipated match at Old Trafford.
Hector Bellerin and Santi Cazorla have been ruled out for several weeks and Alexis Sanchez, who suffered a low grade tear in his hamstring while away with Chile, is a doubt for Saturday.
On the all-important clash, Merson predicted: ‘I think this will be a draw.
‘Arsenal thought they could turn up in February and win, and ended up getting beaten 3-2.’
Merson, who made 327 appearances for Arsenal from 1985 to 1997, believes Wenger is using his row with the Chilean FA over Sanchez as an excuse before the all-important league tie.
He added: ‘Wenger is moaning about Alexis Sanchez and Chile, I think he’s just starting to make excuses already.
‘Really, Arsenal should win this game on form but with Jose Mourinho’s record against Arsenal, I think he has a hold over him.’