Arsenal chiefs have come under fire after an expensive summer in the transfer market while Mikel Arteta’s team are struggling out on the pitch, with Merson among their doubters
Ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has blasted former team-mate Paul Merson over his criticism of the club’s transfer business.
The Gunners were the top spenders in the summer window, shelling out more than £160million on six new players – all of whom are aged 23 or under.
Meanwhile, Arsenal chiefs also sanctioned the departure of transfer flop Willian after just one year at the club as the forward mutually terminated his contract.
Merson was quick to hit out at Arsenal’s technical director Edu, saying on Sky Sports News: “Tell you what I’d do a better job.
“I’ll tell you now, I could do both [Soccer Saturday pundit and Arsenal’s technical director]. If you’re successful you play on Sundays!.”
It’s not the first time Merson has offered a damning view of his old club, as he recently admitted they were “not the Arsenal of old” and has predicted they will struggle to qualify for Europe.
He added: “I worry about the recruitment. Arsenal are never beating anybody, you never see them nick a player off Man United. They’re the only team after a player.
“Mikel Arteta will have till the October international, if they haven’t done anything by then he will be under pressure. When you spend that kind of money, these players have to perform.”
Arsenal have already suffered three straight defeats this season and currently sit rock bottom of the Premier League.
But Campbell was disappointed with Merson’s comments and suggested the pundit’s perspective might change like the wind if Arsenal pick up a few points.
“But he has played for the Arsenal. He has had great times at Arsenal. Again, it’s his opinion.
“But it’s the way it is done is the tough part. I watch it and I shake my head. I just think ‘Oh no, no’.
“I am watching and thinking ‘Merse, don’t go there, don’t go there, don’t even go there’.
“When things change, sometimes the opinions change and they come out with ‘I told you so’. Always remember, log it down and write in the diary.”
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One person’s view which should attract some attention from Gunners fans is that of legendary manager Arsene Wenger, who insists the club is in a solid position to progress and move forward.
Asked his thoughts on the club’s current predicament and whether he would ever return, Wenger told BILD Live : “I’m 71. I’ve given this club the best years of my life.
“Today the club is in good shape. They had two tough games, the team has potential and I hope they can come back. At the moment I’m just a fan.”
Arsenal return to action next Saturday in the Premier League at home to Norwich City, before travelling to Burnley the following week.