Merson believes Manchester City “will have too much for” Arsenal in their Premier League opener on Sunday.
He told Sky Sports: “If you had asked me last Saturday I’d have fancied Arsenal, but City were outstanding last weekend against Chelsea. I feel with the new manager, there will be a plan this time from Arsenal, whereas last year they got absolutely rinsed.
“But I think City will have too much for them. With these Arsenal players on the training ground, you’ve got to make drills monoto-nous to really ram home the message, but I don’t think they’ve had the time yet.”
Merson also admits that he can not see “anything but a Liverpool win”, when they face the Hammers on Sunday.
He told Sky Sports: “I can’t see anything but a Liverpool win. West Ham have bought well but so have Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp has targeted where he needs to strengthen and I expect Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri to improve them.
“I They look a really good team and this is a really tough start for Manuel Pellegrini.”
Merson’s predictions for the Premier League matches on Sunday:
Southampton v Burnley 2-1
Liverpool v West Ham 2-0
Arsenal v Manchester City 1-3