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Put Pep, Jose Mourinho, Ferguson, and Wenger as one manager of Arsenal, they won't still be able to help the club - Paul Merson

Put Pep, Jose Mourinho, Ferguson, and Wenger as one manager of Arsenal, they won't still be able to help the club - Paul Merson

Former Arsenal man and now Football pundit Paul Merson is not happy with the club following their loss against Tottenham on Sunday.

Arsenal went ahead in the game with a beautiful goal from Alexandre Lacazette but a sloppy pass from Sead Kolasinac to David Luiz saw Spurs drew level and they also went ahead to win the game by two goals to one.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Paul Merson believes Arsenal inconsistency is the biggest problem of the club and it is really sad to have a defender who can't pass the ball five yards to another defender in the team.

'Against Spurs, I don't care if you've got Pep Guardiola sitting on Jose Mourinho's lap, on top of Sir Alex Ferguson's lap, on top of Arsene Wenger's lap and all four of them are one manager: if you've got a defender who can't pass the ball five yards to another defender, you are in trouble,' He said

'When the manager puts on a training session and you're doing five-yard passes to start off with, everybody is moaning: ‘What the hell are we doing this for? Who can't pass the ball five yards?’ But that is why. It's concentration, so you can keep on doing it without even thinking about it, like you're brushing your teeth in the morning.'

'It's just a really, really poor pass. But that's Arsenal, they have that ability to shoot themselves in the foot. He could play that in his sleep, he didn't even have to turn around.'

'But this raises another question, and I don't know why footballers do this. All Kolasinac has to do is dink that down the line, but if he sticks it down the line and a defender comes across and clears for a throw in, that doesn't count as a completed pass in the stats. Footballers are so obsessed with pass percentages. Defenders want 88, 89, 90 per cent pass completion, but they're all five-yard passes to each other! Who cares? Honestly?

'There are so many stats now, and players are scared of them, so try to play the easy ball! If that ball reaches David Luiz, what is he going to do with it? I'll tell you: he'll roll it back to the goalkeeper, the goalkeeper will get closed down, and he will clear it up to halfway, which is where Arsenal were to begin with! It's just common sense. These are international players!

'All these players should care about is keeping clean sheets: that should be like scoring a hat-trick for a defender. You want defenders who think that way.'


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