Arsene Wenger claimed he was not interested in signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic currently, and Paul Merson has been angered by such a response.
Wenger was asked if he had an interest in signing the Swedish superstar this summer, when he will be allowed to leave Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer, and he implied he was shocked with the link.
Club legend Merson is furious with his reaction, with the pundit claiming Zlatan would be a huge signing for the club, filling a void the team currently holds.
“He’s got to play the game with the fans sometimes,” Merson told Sky Sports. “He gets asked about Zlatan Ibrahimovic. All you have to do is turn around and say ‘I’d love to get him, if he wants to come to London I want him’ – and the fans would be happy. If you don’t get him, then you don’t get him – but don’t say ‘oh, I’m not sure’.”
“Ibrahimovic is a winner. He’s won 13 trophies in so many leagues,” Merson added. “Of course, Wenger isn’t going to sign him because he’s going to question him.
“He doesn’t want someone sitting in the dressing room questioning him. He doesn’t want people to come in after the game and start tearing it up. He just wants people to come in and recover.
“Last year (Karim) Benzema didn’t come in and he said (Olivier) Giroud’s going to get more goals then Benzema. Seriously?”
You have to agree with Mers, we need another striker, despite Danny Welbeck’s return from injury.
We can afford to offer the Swede a nice pay package to join us, having the chance to sign him without a transfer fee, and what reason could you overlook that option.
Zlatan has scored 35 goals in all competitions for PSG this term, including four in the Champions League, and has been the most consistent goalscorer in the world in recent years, excluding the records of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi alone.
He has a huge 102 league goals in his four year spell with PSG which is stupidly impressive, yet Arsene has no interest in signing him? Are you mad or stupid?
Yes you are used to having it your own way in the dressing room, but you need a certain type of character who can help you push for titles, and Zlatan is exactly as Merson said, ‘a winner’.
As our former midfielder also added, the French boss should at least give us fans hope of signing such a big player, instead of sweeping it under the rug, as we have all been frustrated with his recent transfer windows, and need some hope that we will be challenging for the title (as we should be now).
Would any of you seriously not try to sign Zlatan, in hope of keeping an ‘easy to control’ dressing room? Or Spice it up by bringing in some real talent, and hope he can give others the winning mentality to create something special?