Merson: ‘Embarrassing’ Arsenal side won’t reach top-four

Paul Merson has described Arsenal’s display against Tottenham at the weekend as embarrassing, whilst ruling out their top-four hopes.

The Gunners succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of neighbours Spurs on Sunday, spelling an end to the St Totteringham’s Day possibility, as we can no longer finish above our rivals.

Former Arsenal player Paul Merson has now slammed the display, whilst ruling out our hopes of reaching the top-four.

Writing in a column for Sky Sports, Merson said of Arsenal, who next entertain Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday: “Chelsea need to win three games and if they could hand-pick those fixtures then they’d probably go with the ones they’ve got.

“It was a big result for Liverpool in terms of finishing third and they, like City, have got a pretty favourable run-in.

“United, in contrast, have got too many difficult games and they’ve got to put their eggs into the Europa League basket right now.

“They’ve got to weigh it up. If they win their next three games in the Europa League then they’ll qualify for the Champions League, whereas if they win all four of their league games they could still miss out.

“As for Arsenal, they were embarrassing on Sunday. They’ve got some tough games still and they’re just not playing well enough to win them all, even if those above them slip up.”

Our push for the top-four could all-but end this weekend should we fail to beat Manchester United, but they should have one eye on the Europa League semi-final, and should be able to move within two points of the Red Devils, albeit having played a match less.

Is Merson wrong to rule out our top four chances? Do our team have enough to end the season well?

Pat J


  1. Gary says:

    Looking at Ramsey’s sloppy play. Ohhhh how I miss the “Little Mozart”

    1. Richard says:

      I always think were 10 against 11 when Ramsey plays and if he’s worse than usual it makes it 10 against 12 with AR giving assists to the opponents

      1. Frank says:

        Ha and when you have Ozil and Walcott, we are defending with 8.

  2. Andrew Ken Reyes says:

    Chelsea was quite embarassing last year , but they bought Conte and a few world class players .

  3. ThirdManJW says:

    We’re battling with Everton for sixth, that’s the reality! So many of us could see this coming for years, it’s perfectly understandable we’re in this position.

    So many managers out there, Simeone and Allegri are two of the fans favourites, but Marco Silva anyone? I’ve been massively impressed with him since he took over at Hull, and they play fairly attractive football as well. I would love Simeone, but I wouldn’t say no to Silva.

    1. GunnerJack says:

      Many of us wouldn’t say no to the manager of the Red Lion ladies darts team.

      1. Frank says:

        The only manager I wouldn’t take is Moyes.

  4. Vicibles says:

    These pundits! You just want to disagree with them regarding Arsenal but you just can’t can you? Arsene.. Sorry Arsenal will just prove them right.
    I very much disagreed with a lot of the pundits last season when they claimed we would bottle it and lose the league, I was wrong
    I disagreed with them when some of them claimed we would struggle to make it top 4 this season given the improvements other teams added in the summer. How dare they doubt our ability to make the top 4?.. Well
    Disagreed with them when they claimed we’d still fuff it in the NLD.. Aaand we did
    We really did

    Is there even a more predictable team in the pl as we are?

  5. Quantic Dream says:

    Tottenham have been trying to improve..they are finally showing progress. Wenger on the other hand only makes transfers from fan pressure..not because he wanted to improve the team. We are doomed.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Yes they finished were we finished last season, big whoops, or are we saying that that is good now.

      1. Quantic Dream says:

        Ofcos it is good from a Tottenham point of view. What a stupid question to ask.

      2. Gio says:

        Its not about where tottenham finish. Its about where Arsenal may finish. 6th…. 6TH!!!

  6. DANDY GUNNER says:

    Question if Arsenal lose to Man Utd and then lose the FA Cup final will Wenger still be in Charge at Arsenal.

    1. Quantic Dream says:

      Ofcos..if we got destroyed 8-2 by man utd and 10-2 by Bayern and he still kept his job I don’t think any result can get him fired.

      1. Frank says:

        Wenger could well stay for another 10 years if the owner and board think that he is doing a good job because none of them give a f#%k what we think.

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