Manchester United take on Newcastle at Old Trafford, Arsenal host Norwich City, whilst Chelsea will look to continue their good start against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge
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- 10:09, 10 Sep 2021
Paul Merson believes Arsenal have the perfect fixture to kick-start their Premier League season this weekend.
The Gunners have lost their opening three games and find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table.
But against newly promoted Norwich City, Mikel Arteta’s side will fancy their chances of registering their first points of the campaign.
And Arsenal favourite Paul Merson is backing his old side to do the business at the Emirates and easily dispatch Norwich.
“If you asked Arsenal’s fans, players, and Mikel Arteta who they’d want to play at home immediately after the international break, I’m sure they’d all pick Norwich,” Merson said.
Paul Merson is backing Arsenal to thump Norwich City this weekend
“This is where Arsenal’s season starts, and they cannot afford to drop points this weekend.
“Norwich City have looked out of their depth in the Premier League, and Arsenal’s fans will want something more from their team this weekend.
“This is a big game for Arsenal – I think they’re capable of rolling over the lesser teams and should be able to win this match by a considerable margin. Arsenal 4-0 Norwich City.”
Meanwhile, Manchester United take on Newcastle United at Old Trafford, with Cristiano Ronaldo set to make his second debut for the club.
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Merson has claimed the 36-year-old is no longer the player he once was, but thinks he will have no troubles against the Magpies on Saturday afternoon.
“I’d expect Cristiano Ronaldo to score in his return to the Premier League,” Merson told Sportskeeda via Metro. “I have all these keyboard warriors having a go at me at the moment – I never said he isn’t going to score goals.
“The Newcastle game is a great way to get Ronaldo started at the club. Newcastle are going to sit back and absorb pressure and Manchester United will be able to put balls into the box for Cristiano Ronaldo.
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“It’s going to be one-way traffic for most of the game, and I’d expect Ronaldo to score against Newcastle.
“Ronaldo isn’t the player he once was, but if I was a Manchester United fan, I’d actually be worried if he doesn’t score against Newcastle on Saturday.
“I hope Ronaldo scores a hat-trick on Saturday – it won’t be easy, but I wouldn’t put it past him. Manchester United 3-0 Newcastle United.”
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Chelsea sit alongside Manchester United with seven points from nine and Merson believes they will match the Red Devils by cruising past Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
“I see a very comfortable home win in this game. Chelsea move the ball very quickly and they have been dominant this season.
“Chelsea have been excellent under Thomas Tuchel and they should be able to cruise to victory this weekend. Chelsea 3-0 Aston Villa.”
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