Arsenal sold the wrong striker, says Paul Merson

Paul Merson says Arsenal should have sold Alexandre Lacazette on deadline day rather than Olivier Giroud.

Giroud completed a £15.3million transfer to Chelsea yesterday, as part of a three-way transfer that saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang move to Arsenal and Michy Batshuayi transferring to Borussia Dortmund.

Wenger allowed Giroud, 31, to join London rivals Chelsea, so that the Blues would release Batshuayi and in turn Dormund then sanctioned Aubameyang’s sale.

The France international had started just one Premier League game for Arsenal this season but developed into a key player over the six years he was with the Gunners.

And former Arsenal player and now pundit believes it was a mistake selling him.

“I would have tried to get rid of Lacazette and kept Giroud,” Merson told Sky Sports. “They have no plan B now, it’s completely gone.

“If they’re losing a match, Giroud would come on and score goals. I find it shocking.”

Merson was also critical of the club not adding any first-team defensive options. They did make an approach for West Brom’s Jonny Evans yesterday, but their bid was too low and the former Man Utd man, who was missing for Albion through injury, stayed at the Hawthorns.

“How they’ve not bought defenders I do not know,” added Merson. “How can you not get Jonny Evans from West Brom?”