Arsenal’s rivals wouldn’t want most of Arsene Wenger’s players, says Paul Merson

Arsenal’s rivals wouldn’t want most of Arsene Wenger’s players, says Paul Merson

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes Arsene Wenger‘s squad does not match up to others challenging for a top-four finish

Arsenal now possess few players who would be fit for purpose at their Premier League rivals, according to Sky pundit Merson, who spent 12 years at the club up till 1997 .

Arsenal have not managed to recapture the glorious years they enjoyed at the turn of the century, but they are still managing to compete for a top-four place every season and have added multiple FA Cup trophies to their cabinet in the 2010s.

However, last term they did drop out of the top four for the first time under Wenger and are currently struggling to re-establish themselves this season as they sit sixth, eight points behind Chelsea, who currently sit in fourth place. They have also conceded the most goals in the top seven (36).

The Gunners have parted with Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, and Theo Walcott, and brought in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan during the January transfer window, but Merson opines that these additions won’t be enough to help Arsenal reach the top four.

“The thing that surprises me with Arsenal is that you look at their team and there aren’t many that would get in all the other teams,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“The goalie, the whole of the back four, Xhaka and Elneny wouldn’t get in.”

“They wouldn’t get in anyone else’s team in the top five. Nobody would take any of them.”

Merson added: “That is the worry. With Tottenham, you could reel off a lot of players who, if they all went up for sale tomorrow, the big boys would snap them up.

“We point the finger at Arsene, but the players aren’t good enough.”

People do point the finger at Wenger, and there’s a growing number of them calling for him to step down.

Among them is an expanding list of former Arsenal players including Ian Wright, Martin Keown, and Lee Dixon, all of whom were part of Wenger’s title winning teams in the late 1990s.

Arsenal are doing well in Europe, however, with a Europa League win presenting them with their best chance to return to Champions League football next season.

Gunners fans also have a Carabao Cup final to look forward to against Manchester City next weekend.