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Arsenal news: Paul Merson hits out at Emery and claims ‘nothing has changed’ at Emirates

Paul Merson has slammed Arsenal boss Unai Emery for failing to make significant progress since taking charge of the club in 2017.

Emery led the Gunners to fifth place and the Europa League final last season, and sit in the same position after four games of the current Premier League season having secured a draw from 2-0 down against rivals Tottenham in their last game.

Merson, who spent 12 years in the first team at Arsenal, remains unconvinced the club are moving in the right direction under the Spaniard.

Unai Emery is in his second season as manager of Arsenal after replacing Arsene Wenger

Unai Emery is in his second season as manager of Arsenal after replacing Arsene Wenger

Merson told Sky Sports: ‘The north London derby was a great spectacle, a proper game, and Arsenal would have taken a draw when they were two goals down. But has anything changed at Arsenal? I don’t think so.

‘Arsenal were commended for not collapsing at Liverpool the week before, credit where credit’s due, but nothing has changed. It’s like Unai Wenger is running things at the moment.

‘Every time Tottenham broke they looked like they were going to score, Arsenal were that open. The midfield issues were serious.

‘You’ve got Granit Xhaka who goes around kicking people and getting booked. 

‘Yes, Matteo Guendouzi found a great pass for the equaliser, but you cannot rely on him or Lucas Torreira to thread the ball through the eye of a needle on a consistent basis.’

Former Gunner Paul Merson is critical of the progress made under the Spaniard

Former Gunner Paul Merson is critical of the progress made under the Spaniard

Original article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7422121/Arsenal-news-Paul-Merson-hits-Emery-claims-changed-Emirates.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

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