Paul Merson has claimed that a number of our first-team stars would be overlooked at rival clubs.
The Gunners secured a comfortable lead in the opening leg of their Europa League last 32 encounter last night, but are struggling to keep pace with their domestic rivals.
Our side fell to seven points behind Tottenham in fifth place in the division at the weekend, with Liverpool and Chelsea an extra two and one points ahead of Spurs.
Paul Merson has now moved to claim that Arsenal’s defensive personnel are simply not up to scratch, and claimed none of them would start for any of our rivals.
“The thing that surprises me with Arsenal is that you look at their team and there aren’t many that would get in all the other teams,” Merson said.
“The goalie, the whole of the back four, Xhaka and Elneny wouldn’t get in.
“They wouldn’t get in anyone else’s team in the top five. Nobody would take any of them. That is the worry.”
He moved onto add that our neighbours players would all be wanted by the big English sides, further claiming that our players are below the level.
“With Tottenham, you could reel off a lot of players who, if they all went up for sale tomorrow, the big boys would snap them up,” he added.
“Arsenal have got lost a bit.
“We point the finger at Arsene [Wenger] but players aren’t good enough.”
Would any of our defenders get into a top-four team? Is Bellerin not a Barcelona target?