Arsenal legend Paul Merson has predicted the result of the Gunners’ Premier League meeting with Manchester United on Sportskeeda.On Saturday, the Emirates Stadium will play host to two of England’s biggest teams.Back in the 1990s and 2000s, Arsenal and United were regular title contenders and delivered some games for the ages.Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty ImagesThings have changed since then, however, and both teams now find themselves fighting just to make the top four.7 Genuinely Fan-Owned Football ClubsAt the same time, the two teams seem to be heading down different paths.Arsenal are now on the up, thanks to huge summer investment that saw Arteta bolster the team’s spine.In addition, the Gunners boss has been ruthless with players that he’s judged to not fit the ethos of the team.This has led to short-term issues – the lack of depth at centre-forward in wake of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s departure, for example.“Million miles away”However, it can be argued that Arteta’s building a culture at the club, something that Rio Ferdinand recently claimed is lacking at Manchester United.The Red Devils’ 4-0 loss at Liverpool in midweek was a damning indictment of how far they’ve fallen.Erik ten Hag will be joining in the summer, but he’ll have a long rebuilding job at Old Trafford.“I wouldn’t be putting pressure on Ten Hag in the first two or three years to win a Premier League title,” Gary Neville said on Sky Sports.“They’re a million miles away from that currently.”Arsenal are still a work in progress and certainly need strength in depth, but they can certainly pull some great displays out of the hat.They bounced back from three dismal losses to mid-table sides with a superb 4-2 win at Chelsea in midweek.Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images“A harder game than most people think”Merson believes Arsenal and United will play out a 2-2 draw.“This is a harder game than most people think,” he wrote on Sportskeeda.“Most fans think Arsenal are going to turn up and win, but this is a difficult game. “Arsenal are a young team and are very inconsistent. They’ve lost three games on the trot but defeated Chelsea easily.“Manchester United are going to turn up here – I’ve just got a feeling. “No-one expects them to do anything this season, so they’ll just go out and play. “That might make it a little difficult for Arsenal.“It’ll be hard for Cristiano Ronaldo to play this game but if he does, I’d expect the others to turn up for him. “Erik ten Hag has been appointed as Manchester United’s manager this week – very good luck to him. “I don’t think his appointment will have much of an impact on this game, but Arsenal will not find it easy this weekend.” Have something to tell us about this article?