‘They get the manager the sack’ – Merson can’t hide his contempt for Arsenal players

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As we move towards the end of the year, Arsenal still find themselves, incredibly, down in 15th position in the Premier League.

After such a sparkling end to their 2019/20 campaign when Mikel Arteta brought another FA Cup win to the club and tied Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang down to a new deal, things have gone badly wrong at the North London club.

Former Gunner and now successful Sky Sports pundit, Paul Merson, isn’t in any doubt who is to blame too.

“I’m watching the game against Southampton and I’m thinking that half the Southampton players would get in the Arsenal team,” he said on Sky Sports, cited by the Daily Star.

“People like that [Granit Xhaka], without being horrible get the manager the sack. They get the manager the sack because they go down to 10 men and that’s it, end of the game.

“It just summed it up last week, and this is no respect to Southampton Football Club because they are doing well and they are a good team, but half the players would get in the Arsenal team, and that should not be right.”

When you consider how competitive Arsenal were under George Graham when Merson was in his pomp, and then again under Arsene Wenger, to watch their current XI amble around in every match must be hugely frustrating for Arteta.

It probably won’t take too many more poor results for the Spaniard to be given his marching orders, but will that reflect more on him or his players if it happens?

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  1. We’ve got too many poor players so money will have to be spent in the transfer window or we will be going down.
    The question is who will be trusted to spend it in view of the millions wasted in recent seasons – someone already at the club or somebody brought in?

  2. If Brighton and Fulham were winning arsenal would be in the relegation zone that’s ashame you can give arteta messi and Ronaldo it will be same shit

  3. The real problem of Arsenal this season is lack of creative midfielder, sharp striker and good winger. so, if arsenal means business they should cash on these three areas in order to avoid relegetion.

  4. Arsenal may not have the best players in the league but not the worst either. With all the red cards players the are getting, it should be the manager Mikel Arteta who should get a red card right out of the club.

  5. merson is spot on,,,,,,,we really do not have the talent just look at some of the players we have out there what has happened to our once great club is a shame we need new blood we need kronke to sell

  6. Arsenal players cant never be bad at that extend, look Auba, Willian, Partey,Tierney and others the way they use to play is quite different from this time. Arteta seems to have some problem with his players and that may cause his sack.

  7. All those players are very professional and talented to compete for the titles but coaching tatic is the hinderance # get the manager sacked why is arsenal delaying and hesitating

  8. Arteta is the problem. Why does he field William despite his poor form? Why did he have to freeze out Ozil? Why did he loan out Torreira and Geundo? Arteta’s ego is costing Arsenal a lot. The earlier his shown the door the better.

    Much has been said about him winning the FA cup and community shield? To me, he used the teams left behind by emery and lumbuga for these wins. Then he dismantled the same teams that would help him. Has he really added anything to the team? His a liability to Arsenal not the team.

    He needs to learn from Lambard who successfully blended experience and youth at Chelsea to quality for CL last season

  9. Arsenal fail arteta last summer they should have let arteta to spend on new players. The so called owner of this great club his so stupid.

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