Paul Merson insists he would ‘do a better job’ than Edu as Arsenal’s technical director as he lashes out at the state of his old club… and claims he can handle both the Saturday duties and the role!
- Paul Merson backed himself to ‘do better’ as Arsenal technical director
- Gunners technical director Edu has been under fire since the start of the season
- Arsenal have made their worst campaign start in 67 years and are at the bottom
- The terrible spell comes after the club spent around £150m on additions
- READ: CHRIS SUTTON – Sorry Arsenal, you don’t have much for your £150m
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has backed himself to ‘do better’ as Arsenal technical director Edu, while criticizing the state of his former club.
The Gunners have had a terrible start to the season, losing their first three games of the Premier League campaign, giving them their worst start to the season in 67 years.
The horrific spell of losing 2-0 to Brentford and Chelsea and also being on the receiving end of a 5-0 thrashing of Manchester City comes after spending around £150million this summer.
Paul Merson (L) has backed to ‘do better’ as Arsenal technical director Edu (R)
Manager Mikel Arteta has come under intense scrutiny, while former Gunners midfielder Edu is also under fire as a technical director at the club.
Merson, who scored 78 goals in 327 league appearances for Arsenal between 1985 and 1997, is the last to kill his former club.
‘Tell you what I’d do better’ [than Edu]. I’ll tell you now, I could do both [Soccer Saturday and Director of Football]”If you’re successful, you play on Sunday,” Merson said Sky Sports News.
Arsenal have spent around £150million this summer on the likes of defender Ben White (above)
“I think their season starts when they come back from the international break.
The games to come are games to be won, or they will have to win them, there is no doubt about it.
Mikel Arteta has until the international in October, if they have not done anything by then, he is under pressure. When you spend that much money, these players have to perform.”
Arsenal rounded out their summer spree with the arrival of Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna on the £19.8 million deadline.
Arsenal secure deadline-day deal for Bologna and Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu
Prior to the last-minute deal, the Gunners saw Ben White (Brighton, £50m), Martin Odegaard (Real Madrid, £31.5m), Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United, £25m), Albert Sambi Lokonga (Anderlecht, £15m) , Nuno Tavares (Benfica, £7m) and Mika Biereth (Fulham, undisclosed) walk through the door.
Despite the new faces, Merson expects his former side to finish in the middle of the pack as he claimed it would be a surprise to finish the season in fifth or sixth.
“At the moment Arsenal are in the middle of the ranking. If they get fifth or sixth, I think they’ll pull up trees, tenth is about right,” he added.
Arsenal are backing the Premier League table as they face 19th-seeded Norwich after the upcoming international break.