Paul Merson labels former Arsenal team a ‘mid-table team’ as he criticizes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for ‘bringing absolutely nothing to the party’ … and he doubts where the club is going under Mikel Arteta
- Arsenal had a bad start to the season, losing four of the nine opening games
- Paul Merson has questioned the leadership of the Gunners under Mikel Arteta
- Merson has also labeled captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as ‘ineffective’
Arsenal legend Paul Merson has criticized his former club, calling them a ‘mid-table team’.
The former midfielder doubts manager Mikel Arteta improves the squad and has paralyzed captain and star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gunners had a bad start to the season, losing four of their first nine games.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta saw to a bad start to the season with his twelfth place in the competition
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has criticized Arteta and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The only positive thing about their league game was beating Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time since 2006, but they have since lost 3-0 at home to Aston Villa and tied 0-0 with newly promoted Leeds.
Arsenal are currently ranked 12th and Merson, who played for the North London club between 1985-97, believes they are where they should be.
He told Sky Sports: ‘You look at them and think they are a mediocre team.
When I look back on that victory at Manchester United, it doesn’t look that great now. Don’t even start me with Manchester United, it’s no big licks to get a result there at the moment. ‘
Arteta has been praised since replacing Unai Emery last December and won the FA Cup with Arsenal in his first season.
Skipper Aubameyang has only scored two league goals so far this season
However, Merson is simply not convinced by the Spaniard.
He added: ‘Where are Arsenal going? People say you can see what Arteta is trying to do, but I’m not sure. ‘
The Gunners have traditionally been a free scoring squad, but they’ve only scored nine in the league so far, only the bottom four teams have scored so few.
Aubameyang has only two goals to his credit this season and none of open play in the Premier League since signing a new contract with the club.
Merson said, “Aubameyang is bringing absolutely nothing to the party at this point. He played centrally (against Leeds) and he was not effective as before. ‘