Paul Merson slams Arsenal’s performance in Liverpool defeat as the WORST he’s seen… and claims Mikel Arteta is like Jose Mourinho apart from his Spurs rival has ‘won everything in the game’
- Paul Merson delivered a damning assessment of Mikel Arteta and his squad
- He was shocked by Arsenal’s display in their 3-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday
- Merson said he can’t remember seeing such an inadequate team performance
- He says Arteta is similar to Jose Mourinho, despite being different on camera
Arsenal legend Paul Merson has delivered a damning assessment of Mikel Arteta and his squad after they were humiliated by Liverpool on Sunday.
Merson said he ‘can’t remember’ witnessing such an inadequate Arsenal performance after the Gunners were thrashed 3-0 by Jurgen Klopp’s side.
And having seen his old side drop to 10th in the Premier League table, Merson has drawn similarities between the managerial styles of Arteta and Jose Mourinho.
Paul Merson delivered a damning assessment of Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and his squad
Merson says he was shocked by Arsenal’s display in their 3-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday
Speaking to Sky Sports Merson said: ‘What I watched against Liverpool the other day was as bad as I’ve ever seen.
‘People will say about the times under Unai Emery and at the end of Arsene Wenger’s reign, but I never saw anything like that.
‘All I saw was rolling the ball back to the goalkeeper and he just lumped it down the field.’
Merson says he ‘can’t remember’ seeing such an inadequate Arsenal performance
Having got off to their worst ever Premier League start, Arsenal have struggled to overcome their drastic dip in form. As a result, they are on track to complete their worst Premier League finish since 1995.
Merson believes there are similarities between Arteta and Mourinho’s managerial styles after analysing the way in which they have both dealt with failure this season.
Merson has claimed that Arteta is very similar to Mourinho, despite being different on camera
He said: ‘When they get beat and he comes out and takes the blame, he’s just doing the opposite to what Jose Mourinho does when he criticises his player, but Arteta is thinking exactly the same as Mourinho.
‘Mourinho just says it and the difference is one manager has been around for a long time and he’s won everything in the game.’
The pressure is on Arteta and his players this evening as they face Slavia Prague in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final.