Arsenal legend Paul Merson says Mikel Arteta’s side are ‘hard to watch’ after their ELEVENTH defeat of the season… and warns they look ‘out of their depth’ against the Premier League’s top sides
- Arsenal legend Paul Merson said Mikel Arteta’s side looked ‘out of their depth’
- Gunners suffered a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City after going behind in 2nd min
- Merson believes it is time for Arteta to divert his attention to the Europa League
Arsenal legend Paul Merson said Mikel Arteta’s side looked ‘out of their depth’ against Premier League leaders Manchester City on Sunday.
The Gunners fell behind after less than two minutes at the Emirates Stadium following a header from Raheem Sterling and never managed to make their mark as they suffered their eleventh defeat of the season.
The North London side are now 10th in the table, eleven points behind the top four as they look destined for mid-table mediocrity this campaign.
Arsenal legend Paul Merson said Mikel Arteta’s side looked ‘out of their depth’ on Sunday
The Gunners fell behind after less than two minutes against league leaders Manchester City
Arteta is only in his first full season at the Emirates and is undergoing a transitional period, with a huge clear-out during the January transfer window freeing up the wage bill and indicating future spending in the summer.
However, Merson is still concerned about Arsenal considering they used to be a ‘Rolls Royce’ of a football club.
‘I played at Arsenal for a good number of years a long time ago and it is just a phenomenal football club. It’s a Rolls Royce of a football club but when you look where they are now, it’s just hard to watch,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘Man City used to be a million miles away and talk about turning things on its head, they are so far ahead of Arsenal. The only thing that can give you hope if you are an Arsenal fan is that you can watch City and think things can turn around.
Merson is concerned about Arsenal considering they used to be a ‘Rolls Royce’ of a club
‘I was so disappointed yesterday. It’s so easy for me to sit and say Arsenal should have had a right go at Man City because I know you can end up losing 4-0 or 5-0, and then it looks an awful result. But if you look at Arsenal’s performance, they looked out of their depth and that was really worrying.
‘When they got to 75 minutes and were only a goal down, they had to have a right go. But it looked like the players just didn’t have that belief. It seems a long time ago now and it was a long time ago that Arsenal had that.
‘They had that fear factor for teams playing them. I found it a really hard watch.’
Merson believes that it is time for Mikel Arteta to divert his attention to the Europa League ahead of their second leg against Benfica.
Merson believes that it is time for Mikel Arteta to divert his attention to the Europa League
Following their 1-1 draw with the Portuguese side in the first match, the remainder of their season is incredibly reliant on a positive result this Thursday.
‘It’s probably now time to focus on the Europa League for Arsenal, but they’d do well to win that with the way things are going. There are some really good teams in that competition – some good English teams as well,’ he added.
‘It’s a real massive rebuild job at the Emirates Stadium and I think it’s going to take a long, long time. That’s unless they’ve got some money from somewhere and they have a right go, but we’ve seen Chelsea have a right go and look where they are.
‘We are talking about whether they will get in the top four and that was a lot of money, so there are no guarantees.
‘It’s a really hard one to take for Arsenal at the moment.’
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