Despite his status as one of the Arsenal legends, Paul Merson was not necessarily afraid to cast criticisms of his former club. Most recently, he believes that Arsenal at this time can no longer be called a big club.
What Merson said is not without basis. The legend highlights the club’s performance in the transfer market this winter. In the midst of the need for newer players, they instead recruited only two players whose quality is in doubt. Both are Cedric Soares and Pablo Mori.
The public believes that both Cedric Soares and Pablo Mori are both emergency recruits, cheaply redeemed. Seeing this condition, Merson admitted sad.
“I feel ashamed of this transfer activity and it shows who Arsenal are now,” Merson said to Sky Sports.
The legend believes that Arsenal are now no longer worthy of bearing the status as a big club. That is because the club is not able to recruit top players anymore. Instead, Arsenal bought a player who was not at all interested in other clubs.
“They are currently experiencing difficulties. They are no longer a big team in England. They can’t bring in players worth 50 or 60 million pounds. “What they are after is that other clubs are not interested in, so there is no price competition, and they find it with a cheap price tag.”
Even so, Merson did not want to rush to give an assessment of the two newer players. According to him, it takes time to judge them. What is clear, Merson still hopes the best for his former club.
“The most important thing now, Arsenal needs new players in their defense. He [Arteta] brought in two defenders. Can they make a difference for this team? We will see.”
Indeed, the arrival of the two defenders could not be separated from the shortcomings of Arsenal over the last years. Their defenses are dilapidated, even since the last years of the Arsene Wenger era. This problem has not been solved until now.
Latest, the Gunners are only able to pick one point from the match against Burnley in the Premier League. Now, the north London club is in 10th position in the standings.