Arsenal legend slams Unai Emery for being ‘Arsene Wenger in disguise’ – Irish Mirror

Ex-Arsenal player Paul Merson hit out at manager Unai Emery despite the Gunners coming from behind to draw 2-2 with Tottenham on Sunday.

Goals from Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane meant it looked like Spurs would have the bragging rights over their bitter rivals, but Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang strikes meant the game ended all square .

The result sees Arsenal sitting just outside the Champions League qualifying spots in fifth place after four games, but Merson thinks there is still a lot of work to do if the club are to qualify for Europe’s elite competition for the first time since the 2015/2016 season.

Paul Merson is not too impressed with Arsenal despite their comeback against Spurs
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Speaking to Sky Sports Merson said: “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.”

Merson believes Arsenal are too over-reliant on their forward players out-scoring the opposition, and thinks they needed to make one more signing during the transfer window.

Manager Unai Emery still has a lot to work on according to Merson
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“With a lack of service Arsenal are reliant on their strikers scoring brilliant goals week in, week out, but that’s not going to happen all the time and that’s going to be the problem,” he added.

“Unai Emery has missed a trick with a midfield player. The only solution I see would be to play the front three with Mesut Ozil in the hole behind them and have two holding in front of the back four. The four attackers can get on with scoring goals and then the rest can try and keep them out at the other end.”

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