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Arsenal have become rans too, have no plan to get back on track, says Paul Merson |  Football News


Paul Merson insists Arsenal have become too-rans, saying they have no plans to get the club back on track.

Arsenal produced a dismal performance sliding to a 12th Premier League loss of the season with Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Liverpool, and this led to heavy criticism from Sky Sports duo Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher on Monday night football.

In what has been an extremely difficult season for Mikel Arteta and his team, the Gunners are 10th and are struggling to secure European football for next season unless they can win the Europa League.

Ahead of Arsenal’s crucial quarter-final first leg against Slavia Prague on Thursday, former Arsenal star Merson spoke Sky Sports, giving his verdict on the defeat of Liverpool, the future of Mikel Arteta, the struggles of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and the enormous work of reconstruction that his former club is still facing …

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‘Liverpool’s performances are as bad as I’ve seen from Arsenal’








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“As I said before the Liverpool game all the eggs went in the Europa League basket for Arsenal and it is that simple.

“They took this chance now to be completely and totally judged on five more football matches, however, what I watched against Liverpool the other day was as bad as I have ever seen it.

“I don’t remember Arsenal ever being like this!



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Gary Neville dissects Arsenal’s performance against Liverpool and claims there was a lack of effort in midfield.

“People are going to talk about the time under Unai Emery and the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign, but I’ve never seen anything like it.

“All I saw was roll the ball towards the goalkeeper and he just put it on the pitch.

“I know we talk about Arsenal and sometimes they play too much from the back and get robbed, and we’ve seen that against Liverpool many times over the years. Liverpool hit the ball and they are going to score, but l other day, I’ve never seen anything like it since an Arsenal.

‘Arteta knows it’s not good enough’



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Mikel Arteta apologized to Arsenal fans for the team’s 3-0 home loss to Liverpool on Saturday, and said they had to provide a positive response against Slavia Prague on Thursday.

“I don’t think it looks risky for Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.

“When they are beaten and he comes out and takes the blame, he does just the opposite of what Jose Mourinho does when he criticizes his player, but Arteta thinks exactly the same as Mourinho.

“Mourinho just said it and the difference is that a coach has been around for a long time and he won everything in the game.

“He can just say it exactly as it is when Arteta is just getting started and he has to say the right things on camera.

“However, when the camera is away, he will think exactly the same as Mourinho.

“It wasn’t good enough for Arsenal against Liverpool. It was as bad as it gets, and Arteta will know it.”



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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has said he has no doubts about the work ethic of his players and hopes the loss to Liverpool will be a turning point for the team.

‘Xhaka so important for Arsenal’

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Granit Xhaka is a key figure for Arsenal, according to Merson

“The loss for Liverpool shows how good Granit Xhaka is. He has become a better player without playing against Liverpool.

“People tell me they don’t know what Xhaka is doing. He doesn’t score goals, he doesn’t score and gets booked and stuff, but gives him his due, which was blatant to see in Arsenal’s defeat is that he wants the ball.

“He’s looking for the ball. In times of difficulty he will always try to take the ball and that’s what they didn’t have. No one was showing up for the ball and in the end the goalkeeper was right in. starting the ball. “

“Honestly, it was mind blowing.

“ Aubameyang only brings goals to the party ”

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang haven’t scored in their last five Premier League games

“It was another difficult night for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“I’ve always said it, and I’ll stick with it, unless he scores a goal, he doesn’t bring much more to the party, and he never has.

“He’s a goalscorer who plays outside and plays wide, and when you play wide as a footballer you work on scraps. Either you get the ball so many times that you are fed up or you never see the ball at all, and he is a goalscorer.

“He’s kind of like Mesut Ozil without the goals. He’s not going to go back and do a fifty-fifty tackle or chase the ball and get it back for his team.

“Goals are what he brings to the party and at the end of the day it’s the hardest thing to do but when you’re the captain of Arsenal Football Club which is a great thing , you must have a little more than what you are showing right now.

“His confidence is well and truly drawn, but he’s a goalscorer and in a great football game against Slavia Prague he could end up at the far post and score. That’s what he can do.

‘Auba lazy Arsenal deal’

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“Aubameyang is 31 years old now, but when he came you thought he was absolutely lightning. However, there is one thing that you are assured of in life, however, the older you get, the slower you get older.

“Giving him that kind of money at this point in his career is pure panic. It’s lazy on Arsenal’s part. It’s also a mistake they made in the past, so it’s really lazy club stuff.

“Now they’re stuck again, and they’re in this situation where they want to try to find someone at the club, but they want to be paid like Aubameyang.

“The club can’t pay for that anymore, but they don’t come up with amazing numbers and that creates a problem. That’s where we start over and they can’t get the players in.

Do Arsenal have another Ozil situation on their hands?



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Jamie Carragher says Mikel Arteta will be concerned about the current form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has just signed a new long-term contract.

“It’s up to the manager if this becomes another Ozil situation.

“You could say it’s a different situation at Ozil, but Ozil didn’t have a chance to play.

“Ozil is a top player, but you have to have the players around him. You have to have the movement and you have to give him some protection. Like I said, he’s not one of those players. gonna run like a maniac, he’s not one of those players.

“If Ozil had played he would have created chances for sure. He would have always been part of my team at Arsenal if I was the manager. You play your best players and you get players who are going to work a little harder. hard Xhaka can’t do what Ozil does and Ozil can’t do what Xhaka does.

“But another Ozil scenario will depend on the manager and whether he plays Aubameyang and plays him through this spell.

Saka and Smith Rowe are a huge failure for Arsenal ‘

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Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe’s return to fitness gave Arsenal a boost ahead of their clash with Slavia Prague

“Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe also showed how much they miss, and you know why? Because they work hard.

“They are great players, but they also put in tough yards.

“You show me a world class player who doesn’t work hard and that’s it.

“That’s where Arsenal is. Saka and Smith Rowe are probably not far from being their two lowest paid players at the club and they’re up there with their best players.

“That sums up Arsenal for now.

“ Another massive summer to come ”



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Mikel Arteta retains the faith of Arsenal’s board and is only halfway through the planned team overhaul, said Miguel Delaney of The Independent.

“I watched Arsenal against Spurs and they were exceptional. You watched them and you thought they looked like a good team. They seemed to want to turn a corner, but then against Liverpool, who didn’t put not on fire in the world yet, they looked completely lost.

“It’s a roller coaster for Arsenal right now, and they have another huge summer ahead for the club.”

“What are you doing?

“You have to start somewhere, and you can’t keep doing what they’re doing. That’s the problem.

‘They also became rans’

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“The club has also become rans.

“You buy a season tick from Arsenal next season for what? A good cutting stroke.

“Do you see them getting into the top four next season? I don’t know. Barring a Europa League win, there’s unlikely to be any European football at the club next season.



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Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann shares Gary Neville’s view that there is a ‘disconnect’ between some of the club’s players and Mikel Arteta.

“I just don’t see a plan at Arsenal at the moment. All I see is a goal to get through next season and we’ll see how that goes, and something could change, and we’ll have some luck … along the way.

“That’s what it feels like right now, but I don’t see a change coming.

“I just see the same old same old Arsenal, and that’s a real shame. I don’t care what anyone says, this is an amazing football club.”

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