Paul Merson slams Unai Emery’s Arsenal and says nothing has changed since Arsene Wenger left

first_imgPaul Merson slams Unai Emery’s Arsenal and says nothing has changed since Arsene Wenger left Paul Merson has slammed Unai Emery’s Arsenal following the Sheffield United defeat (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson has slammed Unai Emery’s Arsenal and says nothing has changed since Arsene Wenger left the club.Legendary manager Wenger won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups at Arsenal but was essentially forced out by dissenting fans last year.Much was expected of Emery when he arrived in England but Arsenal failed to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League last term while losing the Europa League final to Chelsea. Comment Emery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield UnitedTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:38FullscreenEmery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield United is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Those days are gone. It’s accepted through the club, the fans, the manager, everyone. Sheffield United played as much football as Arsenal, they didn’t kick them off the pitch.’The Arsenal legend added: ‘What has improved [at Arsenal]? Really, what has improved? Not a lot, at all.‘There’s nobody in that midfield who can open up a can. No matter how bad Arsenal are, everybody will come and sit 10 behind the ball against Arsenal, bar a couple of the big boys.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Therefore you need special players in midfield to open things up. They haven’t got that pass, that eye-of-the-needle pass.‘Even at the end, with four minutes to go, I’m thinking: “Do they know how long is left? I’m sure there’s an electric clock at Sheffield United, there was when I played there! Is there going to be a bit of urgency?”‘Arsenal, who are currently fifth in the Premier League, face Portuguese side Vitoria de Guimarae in the Europa League on Thursday night.MORE: Ian Wright speaks out on Bukayo Saka penalty incident against Sheffield United Merson says nothing has changed since Arsene Wenger left (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s familiar problems have resurfaced this season and Merson says the 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United on Monday evening came as a shock to nobody.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told Sky Sports: ‘It was normal, wasn’t it? I don’t know what anybody expected. This is Arsenal now. It’s just lacklustre. There’s no urgency.‘People say they wouldn’t know if this was Arsene Wenger’s team, I don’t know about that because defensively they looked comfortable. David Luiz just played in first gear.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But going forward, they’ve got no guile. It looked like Chris Wilder knew exactly what he wanted from his side. But with Arsenal and Unai Emery, it was almost like: “See you at half-time and full-time.”‘I kept thinking: “What would this Arsenal side look like if Chris Wilder was in charge?”‘It’s accepted. Nobody is going to work this morning and saying: “Oh my God, did you see Arsenal getting beat by Sheffield United?”center_img Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 22 Oct 2019 11:39 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShareslast_img