Paul Merson can’t resist having a dig at Wenger!

All the talk at the moment is about the FA wanting the Arsenal manager to replace Roy Hodgson as England manager, but if there is one ex-Gunner that is going to get the claws out and deride Arsene Wenger it just has to be Paul Merson.

He just can’t resist any chance to be little his old boss, and today is no exception. “They’re talking about Arsene Wenger, but every year we talk about Arsenal not winning the Premier League because tactically he’s not right.

“Arsene is a real hands-on coach, he does all the training, he does everything. But with international football you only see the players every now and then and there’s a lot of sitting around.

“I think it’s a part-time job anyway. You’re essentially paying someone £7million for a part-time job. Every player plays in the Premier League, so it’s not like you’ve got to travel all around the world to see them play. They all play here!”

It seems like the old druggie really has got it in for Arsene. “Tactically not right”? I wonder how he managed to gothrough a whole season undefeated without getting his tactics right…..

Merson then goes even further and says that no foreigner should be doing the job anyway, and who does he think should be appointed? “We should have an English manager, that’s just my opinion,” Merson continued.

“I know he’s been England manager before, and it’s been a while since he’s had a job, but for me it’s got to be Glenn Hoddle. It’s a no brainer.

“I think tactically he’d be great and he’s got knowledge of international football. I thought he was brilliant when he was in charge at France 98.

“I would like to see him take Gareth Southgate and Alan Shearer with him for a couple of years, to shadow him, learn how good he is and what he does.

“They can then take over after that and be in charge for the next Euros.”

I’m afraid Glen Hoddle hardly qualifies on England’s “consistent record” criteria, and neither does Southgate or Shearer, but one thing that has remained consistent over the years is Paul Merson putting the boot into Wenger!



  1. Am i the only one who’s finding it pretty hard posting comments on ere?

    Its a painstaking task these days…..slow….delaying and non-fluid

    thus i’m calling out on the Admin to please do something bout this …..if actually, the fault isn’t from my end


    1. I’m doing something. We will have new site and new server next week. …

      I was going to make it a surprise….

  2. Funny how so many England fans have the nerve to say Wenger is a specialist in failure when he’s better than all the managers that have been assigned. What’s worse is England hasn’t been able to play attractive free flowing football for the more than a decade, claiming Wenger is a bad choice is kind of dumb when he has a record of nurturing young players and playing a football style admired across the globe. Furthermore the comparison between PL and international tournaments is stupid because PL lasts almost an entire year and also consists of CL and FA cup tournaments, while on the other hand Euros and World Cup only last a few weeks.

    1. This is why England stay bad.Too many of their fans are arrogant and so are the players. I don’t get how pundits still consider England a supposed powerhouse of European football up there with France, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, etc. I can’t even remember the last time England had a good tournament or produced a good international squad. Laughable they say no to Wenger.

  3. you don’t allow derogatory comments yet you call an arsenal legend an old druggie, he is a legend give him respect. Just because his opinion is against someone you cannot see any faults.

    1. @john0711
      Derogatory comments flow here like water under a bridge. With you being among those who post them. Yeah, Paul might have served AFC well, but he was also a druggie.
      Facts are facts.

  4. Am i the only one who’s finding it pretty hard posting comments on ere?

    Its a painstaking task these days…..slow….delaying ….non-fluid
    and i have to keep re-typing, reposting over and over till i get bored

    thus i’m calling out to the Admin to please do something bout this …..if actually, the fault isn’t from my end (which i doubt, it’s easier posting on Facebook, twitter or other common sites save on justarsenal)

    Thanks for ya co-operation!

    SoOpa AeoN

    1. No problems over here. Try to reduce the number of your postings. Maybe you’re posting too much 🙂

  5. C’mon admin, about 90% of posters on here constantly criticise Wenger.
    So because he is having a go it is “old druggie Merson” but if he had praised him it would have been ” super Mers”. As john0711 says, show a little respect and balance.

    1. He is a self confessed addict and was put into rehab by the PFA. I am not insulting him off hand…

      1. If you don’t mean to insult him why mention it. So Paul has had a problem whlch he has now beaten. Does this mean that forever he has no right to his oplnion. Paul loves this club and he and many more of us know that Wenger has lost his way. Top players don’t want to come here any more because there is no prospect of success. In the meantime you may wish to get some help fpr your own problem.

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