By Mark Smith

5th May, 2022 | 6:10pm

Paul Merson predicts Leeds United showdown v Arsenal, thought they were safe in Premier League

Paul Merson has backed Arsenal to hand Leeds United another defeat in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

The Sky Sports pundit has predicted that the Gunners will win 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium in what would be a crushing blow.

Leeds are now only two points ahead of Everton and are now favourites of many to fill that final relegation spot at the end of the month.

Writing in his latest Sportskeeda column, Merson did not hold much hope for the Whites at the Emirates Stadium.

“Four weeks ago, you’d have looked at this fixture and thought what a good game for Arsenal as Leeds looked safe.

“Now that they are set to play against a team that is fighting for survival, this will be an interesting game. Leeds lost 4-0 against Manchester City, but they produced a lot of good moments in that game and could have probably got a positive result if they took their chances.

“All things considered, Arsenal are a better team and should win this game to get closer to securing a place in the Premier League top four.”

Must win?

Jesse Marsch will know that these final four games are going to make or break his tenure at Elland Road so far.

Leeds didn’t play dreadfully against Manchester City, missing plenty of chances and then conceding shocking goals.

You cannot do that against the best and especially while you’re fighting to survive in the Premier League.

If these moments pop up against Arsenal, we simply have to take them and then defend better at crucial moments.

We are confident of beating anyone put in front of us, and it now looks as though we are going to have to get results here and against Chelsea the following week.

If this squad of players don’t want a relegation on their CVs, they need to go out, prove it and make sure that it doesn’t happen.

It starts here, bring it on.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are leading the race to complete a major signing and have already opened talks to seal a £25m deal