Arsenal "will not achieve anything" without improving the defense, says Paul Merson Football News

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Last updated: 18/01/19 1:31 pm

No team in the upper half has suffered more goals than Arsenal

No team in the upper half has suffered more goals than Arsenal

Paul Merson believes that Arsenal "will not achieve anything" with his current defense and had some words for the Gunners rearguard.

Arsenal have already conceded 32 goals this season, many as West Ham and Watford, and were beaten 1-0 by the Hammers at the London stadium last weekend.

Their defense has been criticized for a number of years and in the summer they have strengthened their bottom line with the addition of Sokratis Papasthatopolous for a value of 16 million pounds, but the only other defensive arrival is was the thirty-five Stefan Lichtsteiner in free travel. .

Former Arsenal Merson midfielder said the club will be held until it will further improve behind, saying Sky Sports: "Defensively, I'm one of the worst teams I've ever seen in the Premier League's first six, even though they were unbeaten in this unbeaten game, I was not convinced and now they're showing their true colors.

"Until they solve the defense, they will not be able to get anything, Aaron Ramsey was the best Arsenal player last weekend – he goes away for free, I do not know where the club will go.

"Unai Emery will need some windows to solve it, but the players they bought were not great."

Partner Football Saturday Pundit Charlie Nicholas echoed Merson's comments and said that Arsenal's leaky defense will keep them away from finishing in the top-4 position they had previously occupied in the season.

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The Arsenal team is not good enough for the first four, Jamie Redknapp told Sky Sports after a 1-0 loss to West Ham

The Arsenal team is not good enough for the first four, Jamie Redknapp told Sky Sports after a 1-0 loss to West Ham

He said: "I accepted that Arsenal will not be in fourth place, but the defensive fights are there, Shokdran Mustafi should be sold and Laurent Koscielny should be released.

"I would like to see what Konstantinos Mavropanos offers us when he is fit and get another couple of new guys, we should continually play with young people and I would like to see more time for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Alex Iwobi and Bukayo Saka.

"Saka is in and around the team and I like his appearance, that's how I would do it, and then at the end of the season we can bring Reiss Nelson back and he will be a first-team, not in a bad place, we just have to get rid of the 39; attitude and defense, which is the beginning of the constituent elements, it will take only a little time.

Mesut Ozil has started just half of Arsenal's Premier League games this season

Mesut Ozil has started just half of Arsenal's Premier League games this season

"This is what Arsenal is, they are not really a team, they are individuals and at the moment the manager can not be judged".

A potential extrovert seems to be Mesut Ozil, who has been left out by several Arsenal teams in recent weeks – and coach Unai Emery was not involved in her future at a press conference on Thursday morning.

Both Merson and Nicholas believe that the great contract of Ozil, signed 11 months ago and that has earned him £ 350,000 a week, is proving an obstacle for the club's future.

Nicholas said: "I think they should get rid of Ozil, they are the people who run the club to pay him the pay, but it seems silly to let go of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere.

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Unai Emery says she did not consider Mesut Ozil leaving the club

Unai Emery says she did not consider Mesut Ozil leaving the club

"I hope Juventus takes Ramsey immediately and that Arsenal gets some money for him, Ozil does not fit Emery's plans, so you let the agent in and look for him to go somewhere else.

"Ozil has an incredible talent and is popular in the locker room but his time has run out and he has to move on, if the Chinese clubs are interested in (Marko) Arnautovic, then they should be interested in Ozil bench but the consensus of common sense is to find a club and try to sell it ".

Merson added: "If this were in a book, it would throw the book overboard as it would be unbelievable for a great football team, you should not let the £ 50 million contracts fall, it's a joke, the way the club is being handled right now and the players who have been let go, I worry about Arsenal.

Aaron Ramsey signed a pre-contractual agreement to join Juventus in July

Aaron Ramsey signed a pre-contractual agreement to join Juventus in July

"I think that the talk about the contract of Arsene Wenger has dominated the Arsenal agenda so much, the club has turned away from ordering contracts for their key players: a football team should not allow Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere to leave cheap.

"Arsenal will not be able to buy anyone until he can get Ozil out of books: if Arsenal wants to attract big players for 50-60 million pounds, then players will want to be on salary of Ozil, Arsenal can not afford to do So, players will look elsewhere. "

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