Merson explains why Arsenal should have targeted £9m England star

Date published: Wednesday 4th September 2019 2:07 - Samuel Bannister

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson believes his old club should have signed Everton man Fabian Delph this summer.

After four seasons at Manchester City, where he won two Premier League titles, Delph moved to Goodison Park in July for £8.5m.

The England midfielder impressed on his league debut for Everton, playing all 90 minutes in the 3-2 win over Wolves on Sunday – the same day that Arsenal drew 2-2 with London rivals Tottenham.

And Merson thinks Delph, who can also play as a left-sided defender, could have done a better job than the trio who started in the middle for Unai Emery in that game – Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.

“I look at him and wonder why Arsenal didn’t sign him,” Merson said on Sky Sports.

“He is better than the midfield three that played against Tottenham.

“He could have played at left-back instead of [Sead] Kolasinac on Sunday.

“I am a big fan of Delph. He can play in certain positions and is an excellent signing for Everton.”


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