Paul Merson: Arsenal need two defenders, a midfielder and a centre forward
Written by Jeffrey on August 31, 2011 4:30
According to former midfielder Paul Merson, if Arsenal are to be competitive next season, they need to sign two defenders, a midfielder and a centre forward.
With Chu Young Park officially presented on Tuesday, it seems the Gunners still need three players if the Englishman is correct in his assessment as he also explained that the Club suffered after the departure of former vice-chairman David Dein, the one who was involved in the signings of Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry.
On the humiliating 8-2 defeat against Manchester United on Sunday, the 43-year old explained that manager Arsene Wenger should not be sacked as he’s still the best manager for the Gunners ahead of a very long season.
And on Carl Jenkinson, Merson concluded by saying that the 19-year old was unlucky to be sent off against the Red Devils as it is not easy for a youngster to go from non-league football to Premier League football and expect to perform without making any mistakes.
On Arsenal, Merson said:
They miss David Dein. Since he went out, it’s gone down. He was someone to do the signings, someone to talk to. David Dein was part of it when they signed the [Marc] Overmars, [Emmanuel] Petit, [Patrick] Vieira and [Thierry] Henry.
Since David Dein went, the players haven’t been like that. Arsenal is a saga, haggling over money for players, making it (deals) last three days. Sir Alex Ferguson will be sitting on a beach next week. Wenger will be in his office trying to sign a player.
[But] I would never get rid of Arsene Wenger. [The fans] have got to remember that if you get what you wish for it doesn’t always work. They have got to buy one or two centre-halves, a central midfielder and a centre forward. You win stuff through the middle.
[Carl Jenkinson?] One minute he was playing non-league football, today he’s playing at Old Trafford. The poor lad got sent off, he didn’t deserve it.