Paul Merson says it is embarrassing ahead of Arsenal v Newcastle
Paul Merson has been talking ahead of the Arsenal v Newcastle match on Saturday.
Fan and former player, Merson saw his team beat Tottenham, Burnley and Huddersfield in the final three games in November, scoring eight goals without reply.
Then in December though, they started off by battering Manchester United only to lose 3-1 at home, followed by two away draws at Southampton and West Ham.
Such is the sense of entitlement for the likes of Paul Merson, that he now calls it ’embarrassing’ because Arsenal are now below unfashionable Burnley.
Why is it embarrassing? In actual fact, Arsenal may be seventh at the minute but they are actually only one point off the Champions League places.
Oh to be ’embarrassing’.
Meanwhile, Newcastle have taken just one point from their last twenty four and Merson declares ‘If they could have handpicked any team to play it would be Newcastle, who have completely gone’.
Newcastle’s worst defeat this season was 4-1 at Old Trafford but this time he predicts the Magpies to go one better and lose 4-0 on Saturday.
Paul Merson bemoans the fact Arsenal haven’t done better away from home, winning two, drawing three and losing four.
Not wanting to worry anyone but if you leave aside that battering they gave Man Utd for no reward, Arsenal have won all their other seven home Premier League games and scored 20 goals with only four conceded.
If Newcastle repeat the clown-like defending we have seen recently, Rafa’s players may give a whole new meaning to the word ’embarrassing’ on Saturday.
Paul Merson talking to Sky Sports:
“Nothing has changed at Arsenal.
“We are 17 games into the season and they are below Burnley.
“That is embarrassing.
“You can understand after five or six games, if someone gets off to a flying start, but this is 17 games in.
“I don’t know where Arsenal are going.
“I have said before that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will probably stay but now I think they have to go because they are doing nothing.
“Still, I expect them to win this game.
“If they could have handpicked any team to play it would be Newcastle, who have completely gone.
“Why have Arsenal done well at home and not away? Because it’s easier to play at home. You have a lot of the ball and teams come and play a different way.
“The teams that win trophies go away from home and stand up and win games.
“Prediction is Arsenal 4 Newcastle 0.”
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