Paul Merson on Arsenal’s situation: “I find it really frustrating. It’s a massive football club, a class football club and they need better. But, at the moment, I can’t see it getting better.”; watch Chelsea vs Arsenal on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports from 7.30pm; kick off 8.15pm
Paul Merson says Arsenal need a long-term plan that needs to start right now if they are to have any chance of turning around the club’s fortunes in the future.
It’s been a difficult season for Mikel Arteta, who faces mounting pressure from the club’s supporters, and his side as they face up to the prospect of no European football for the first time in 25 years.They crashed out of the Europa League semi-finals with a 2-1 aggregate defeat against Villarreal after a goalless draw at the Emirates last Thursday, and while a 3-1 win against West Brom on Sunday provided some relief after a dismal week, the Gunners are ninth in the table, four points behind Tottenham in seventh with three games remaining.
Arsenal are now facing a fifth season out of the Champions League and barring a dramatic turnaround in the Premier League, they will not have the Europa League or the newly formed Europa Conference League to fall back on either.
So, what happens next? Ahead of Arsenal’s trip to face Chelsea, live on Sky Sports, former Arsenal forward Merson discusses the disappointing Europa League exit, the steady decline at the club and how they try and move forward after what has been an extremely painful season for the Gunners.