Arsenal’s poor away form continued with a loss against Sheffield United on Monday night and Paul Merson is exasperated by how standards have slipped at the club.
As per Sky Sports, he bemoaned the fact that nobody in the dressing room is capable of raising standards and that losing against a newly-promoted side is no longer a shock.
He said: “The defeat to Sheffield United was normal, wasn’t it? This is Arsenal now. It’s just lacklustre. There’s no urgency. It’s accepted. Nobody is going to work the next morning and saying: ‘did you see Arsenal getting beat by Sheffield United?’ Those days are gone. It’s accepted through the club, the fans, the manager, everyone.
“There’s nobody in that midfield who can open up a can. You need special players in midfield to open things up. They haven’t got that pass, that eye-of-the-needle pass. Even at the end, I’m thinking: ‘Is there going to be a bit of urgency?’ I can’t imagine anyone in that dressing room going ballistic. It drives me up the wall. It’s so frustrating.”
TBR’s View – Emery has taken Wenger’s team and removed creativity
This Arsenal side is just as weak in terms of defence and leadership as Arsene Wenger’s but he has removed their identity and creativity now.
It’s tough to see what Emery has added to this side. He certainly hasn’t improved their resilience and it must be frustrating for Arsenal people like Merson to take.