Paul Merson makes a bold claim about Arsenal and it is not encouraging

Former Arsenal player Paul Merson has criticised the Gunners claiming that Mikel Arteta’s side is easy to play against.

The often-extroverted pundit who was speaking on Sky Sports ahead of Arsenal’s forthcoming match against Wolves also questioned Arsenal’s boss Arteta, claiming that the boss ” doesn’t know his strongest team”.

The claims by Merson come after a series of poor performances from Arsenal on the domestic front.

The Gunners, who have won all four of their Europa League games, remain 12th in the league table after playing nine games.

Arteta’s team have won just one of their last five top-flight matches, scoring only once during that time.

Constant changes in personnel and formation have also led to criticism of the Spaniard with striker Aubameyang supposedly suffering from being moved from the wing to the middle.

And now Paul Merson has suggested that the team has become easy to beat.

He told Sky Sports:

“Some people are saying one step forward, one step back. One step back?! That’s kind. They were a million miles off Leeds last Sunday.

“It’s very, very easy to play against Arsenal at the moment and it doesn’t help that (Arteta) doesn’t know what his strongest team is.”

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8 Comments

  1. ken1945 says:

    Watching the Everton/Leeds game at the moment, perhaps Merson should acknowledge just how good Leeds are and, despite playing with ten men for just under half the game, how disciplined we were.

    Having said that, have Everton just scored?
    No – well done VAR!!!

    1. SueP says:

      It’s been quite entertaining

      1. Declan says:

        Leeds just scored to put us 14th.

  2. Jimmy B says:

    Merson’s still salty about being forced to pay his gambling debts.

    1. john says:

      What has personal struggles got to do with his statement, the truth is Arsenal is struggling under Arteta.

  3. Herbz says:

    Merson is absolutely right, just like Adams said some months ago….

    There’s absolutely NOTHING to suggest that there’s anything that Arteta is trying to achieve at our club.

    I have always said that we have probably the 3rd or 4th best squad in EPL but they all look so lost because of playing in a DYSFUNCTIONAL system.

    Examples; Willian, Aubameyang, Partey, Luiz, Pepe, Cedric are all world class players who have performed exceptionally well for their previous clubs and countries (even most are captains); why do they suddenly look so lost????

    Now I’ve never believed in stats especially for individual players but booy, stats about Arsenal just tell you everything you need to know…

    Some fans even when they think they’re “realists”, they are in actual sense they’re “illusionists”.
    Seeing the truth, knowing the truth, but still believing the lies.

    Two questions for you….
    Where do people get their faith that things will turnaround under this guy?
    And where do they get this whole notion that “our players aren’t good enough”?

    Ospina
    Bellerin…Mustafi…Koscielny…Monreal
    Elneny… Xhaka
    Iwobi…. Ramsey…Welbeck
    Lacazette
    That’s one of the last starting 11 under Wenger; there are only TWO of those currently starting games.
    please compare with current squad and tell me.

    Leno
    Cedric…Luiz… Gabriel… Tierney
    Partey… Ceballos
    Pepe…Willian…Saka
    Aubameyang

    Our strongest starting 11.

  4. Grandad says:

    I never listen to Merson and numerous other Pundits who lack intelligence and are unable to articulate their thoughts in a meaningful way.With regard to Leeds, like many others I suspect, I look forward to watching them play.They are so energetic and attacking minded , and with more composure in front of goal they could have taken five goals off Everton just as they might have done against us.With Arteta it seems now favouring a higher line back four perhaps we will soon be able to emulate the performances of the men from Yorkshire.They are a team without any superstars but off the ball they never stop running which continually creates space which leads to chances.We could do well to take a leaf out of their book.

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