Merson mocks Emery and says Arsenal should go for rival boss

Date published: Tuesday 5th November 2019 4:23

Paul Merson has mocked Unai Emery and urged Arsenal to go all out to try and get Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.

Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Wolves at the weekend has left the Gunners six points behind fourth place with just over a quarter of the season gone.

Spanish boss Emery has come under fire with fans unhappy with the lack of progress since his appointment in the summer of 2018.

And pundit Merson thinks Emery is on borrowed time and mocked his assessment of the draw with Wolves.

“I read somewhere that Unai Emery was pleased with how Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Wolves panned out from a tactical perspective. If letting Wolves have 24 shots on goal was what he wanted, then yes, it went to plan,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“But when you consider that was the most shots Arsenal have faced in a Premier League game since moving to the Emirates, I doubt whether that was his intention. That came after Arsenal conceded 31 shots away at Watford, who are rock bottom of the Premier League. That is some doing.



“Emery is struggling and with a trip to Leicester on Saturday, he will do well to keep hold of his job if that goes against him. The gap is already six points to fourth place and Arsenal are in a situation where they can realistically only afford to lose two more game this season to keep pace with the teams ahead of them.”

Arsenal face Vitoria Guimaraes on Wednesday in the Europa League before Saturday evening’s trip to third-placed Leicester, who look like genuine rivals for the top four.

Merson added: “And, to make matters worse, the fans are turning, they are booing, making decisions and chanting ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’. That’s not good, especially ahead of the two-week international break, a break in which Emery’s position will be under threat if they fall to the Foxes.

“Leicester have been outstanding. They have an unbelievable manager. Brendan Rodgers has not added much to the squad he inherited from Claude Puel, but he’s improved every single player at his disposal. He’s getting a tune out of every single player, it’s incredible.

“I cannot speak highly enough of Rodgers. Chairmen up and down the country will be thinking ‘how did we not get him?’

“This Leicester team were languishing in mid-table and going nowhere until Rodgers came in, and in less than 12 months he’s got the whole squad are playing with confidence, they all know they are doing and look like a proper team.

“At 4.30pm on Saturday, when Liverpool and City were losing, Leicester were in the title race. That may be beyond them this season, but I’d go as far as saying that this current team is better than the side that won the Premier League in 2015/16. If they beat Arsenal on Saturday, they will be in the driving seat for the top four.”

And former Arsenal forward Merson has no doubts that Arsenal should be looking to appoint the former Liverpool and Celtic boss, who was linked with the post before Emery was appointed.

“Rodgers has done so well that Leicester have a job on their hands keeping hold of him. If I were Arsenal, I’d be breaking the bank to get him, give him a five-year contract and sit back and watch him transform the club,” added Merson.


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