Paul Merson slaughters Arsenal, citing Aston Villa and Newcastle United
Paul Merson is not happy with the club he played for and supports.
Arsenal finished eighth in each of the last two seasons and he doesn’t see things dramatically improving.
Paul Merson thinks Brentford would have been very happy when finding out they had Arsenal first match, the promoted team winning.
Then losing to Chelsea in their second Premier League match, Merson thinks the entire Chelsea bench – all nine players, would have been in the Arsenal starting eleven.
To make matters worse, Paul Merson points to Aston Villa and Newcastle United.
The Arsenal fan wondering why his club allowed Joe Willock to leave and then pondering why Villa have brought in the likes of Ings and Buendia rather than the Gunners doing it instead.
Paul Merson talking to Sky Sports:
“Every single player on Chelsea’s bench on Sunday – every single player – would have been on the pitch if they played for Arsenal’s first team.
“Why is someone like Danny Ings not playing for Arsenal? You cannot tell me he’s not good enough.
“Why are Aston Villa getting players like Ings, Emiliano Buendia instead of Arsenal? Who is making these decisions? Surely these players would have been on Arsenal’s radar.
“Arsenal have just let Joe Willock go for £25m. What for? Surely, he had a future at the club, surely the coaches at Arsenal could improve him.
“Why have Willock on the books in the first place if you don’t rate him?
“They got £25m for a kid [Willock] who knows the club, loves the club, and then spent it all on Odegaard who scored two goals last year.
“What would have happened if Willock got a run in the team? He might have gone and done what he did at Newcastle and get seven goals in seven, who knows.
“The fact that Brentford, if they had the opportunity to pick who to play, would have picked Arsenal over, say, West Ham and Everton just about sums it up. Brentford would have wanted the glamour of a top team but also a team they could beat, and that is what Arsenal are. They are living in the past and are a million miles away.
“I don’t know when this all happened. I don’t know what’s happened at Arsenal. To be fair, it’s not my job.”
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