- Dimitar Berbatov believes Arsenal could use their clash against Chelsea to turn around their campaign
- The Gunners have been struggling for form in recent weeks, suffering eight defeats in 14 Premier League matches
- The poor streak of results has seen Mikel Arteta come under immense pressure from supporters, with a section of them calling for his sacking
- However, Berbatov has maintained Arteta is the right man for the job, backing him to turn Arsenal's fortunes
Former Man United striker Dimitar Berbatov has tipped struggling Arsenal to see off Chelsea during the London derby.
Gunners are due to host their arch-rivals on Saturday, December 26, at the Emirates in a match they will be desperate to pick a favourable result.
The north London outfit have endured a disappointing run of results in recent weeks, leaving them sitting 15th on the charts with just 14 points.
The side's struggles were evident earlier in the week, when they suffered a huge 4-1 defeat in the hands of Man City to be dumped out of the Carabao Cup in the quarter-finals.
But despite their current form, Berbatov believes Mikel Arteta's men can get the better of Chelsea and secure a shock victory at home.
The former striker, however, did concede Arsenal are "in real trouble" but backed Arteta to steady the ship in the coming weeks.
"The Gunners are showing some fight on the pitch, but they are still not playing anywhere near the level demanded of them," Berbatov told Betfair as cited by Metro UK.
"Arsenal need to pick themselves up quickly for their big Boxing Day clash against Chelsea. I can see a surprise result here, with the Gunners winning," the ex-Man United star.
Berbatov's bizarre prediction comes at a time Chelsea are in a somewhat better position than their rivals.
The west Londoners have largely impressed this season after a summer spending spree, and victory at the Emirates could catapult them to second on the standings.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Arsenal players are set to lose 25 per cent of their wages if they fail to stay up in the English topflight division.
The Gunners are currently 15th on the log after managing one win in their last ten Premier League matches this season.
And if the north London club drop out of the top division, players would have to accept a pay cut to compete in the Championships next season.
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