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Arsenal vs Chelsea: You’re making mistake – Paul Merson blasts Arteta


Arsenal hero, Paul Merson, has slammed the club manager, Mikel Arteta, ahead of their Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday evening at Emirates Stadium.

Merson said Arteta made ‘lazy’ signings for Arsenal this summer.

He said signing the former Manchester City assistant manager could cost him his job at the North London club.

Recall that Arsenal confirmed the signing of Martin Odegaard permanently from Real Madrid on Friday following the expiration of his loan deal at the Gunners.

Arteta’s side also signed goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United.

“Mikel Arteta is making a mistake signing Martin Odegaard – and his job could soon be on the line,” Merson told the Daily Star.

“What are they doing signing Odegaard? If Odegaard really wanted to be at Arsenal, he would have signed at the end of his loan.

“But he did not want to join them. He wanted to go back to Real Madrid. In days gone by, that would have been it. Arsenal would have said – sorry, you have had your chance. Next!

“He didn’t exactly pull up any trees on loan, did he? He only scored two goals! I think it is a mistake. I think it is another lazy signing. No other Premier League team was going for him.

“No-one else is trying to sign Aaron Ramsdale either – and he has let in 125 goals in two seasons in the Premier League!

“I don’t know who is picking these players. I wonder if it really is Arteta. But whoever it’s, it will be Arteta paying the price if it all goes wrong.”

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