Paul Merson thinks his former club are unlikely to win silverware this season.
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has criticised his former club’s display in Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund, Sky Sports reports.
The Gunners were beaten 2-0 by the German side thanks to goals from Ciro Immobile and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
While Dortmund managed 23 shots at goal, Arsenal could only manage one and Merson thinks this highlights one of the many frailties in Arsene Wenger’s side.
”It was poor, simple as that. They were well beaten all over the pitch from one to 11,” he said.
”They got closed down, they weren’t allowed to play and they let the other team play. You could turn around and say Danny Welbeck could have had a hat-trick because he had three good chances, but Dortmund had nine or 10 good chances. That’s not good enough, not for Arsenal.
The 46 year old also thinks the Gunners are unlikely to win any major silverware this season unless something changes.
”We were sitting here beforehand saying they could win the league… but watching that they were a ‘gillion’ miles away from anything.
”Something has to change because this happens at least four times a season. This is not a one-off; this happens four or five times a season.”
While Arsene Wenger believes fatigue may have been one of the reasons behind the Gunners poor performance after playing Manchester City just three days earlier, Merson thinks the result is the Frenchman’s fault for not building a side that can compete in the league and in Europe.
He said: ”No excuses. I know they had a hard game on Saturday, of course they did, but if you’re going to win the Champions League, that’s the nature of it.”
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