Arsenal is currently still in the process of getting better and competing in the title race as before. Paul Merson rate, even a Pep Guardiola could not bring the Gunners to be instant champions.
In fact, the North London club has tried to rise in recent years, even since Arsene Wenger was still sitting in the manager’s chair. However, the situation actually worsened since his departure, Unai Emery was considered a failure and eventually fired.
Whereas now, the reins of coaching are carried out by former club players, Mikel Arteta. So far, the man from Spain has not really formed a team as he wishes, only getting Emery’s legacy squad and trying to make maximum improvement.
Therefore, Arsenal are still considered to need to travel a long distance to be able to compete again in the hunt for the title, especially to become champions.
In fact, Paul Merson rate, even Pep Guardiola’s caliber coach will not be able to provide an instant impact for Arsenal, especially to immediately become champion.
“Even if Pep Guardiola handles it, they won’t be able to. Arsene Wenger used to say that this was a matter of players. Current Arsenal players, the team is not good enough, the squad is not strong enough. ” said Merson.
The former Manchester United player admitted that Arsenal under the direction of Mikel Arteta seemed to improve in terms of performance. It’s just that, in his view the Spanish coach still needs time to bring the Gunners to compete again in the hunt for the title.
“I like Arteta, really. I think he will work better than the previous coach. However, at the same time, when it comes to opportunities to win titles, I think they are far behind. They cannot survive, ”
“I don’t know if there are teams that can’t survive but still win the title. If you can’t survive, you won’t be able to achieve anything, “he concluded.
For information, Arsenal are currently ranked 9th in the Premier League standings. In that position, they are four points behind the top five.