Paul Merson gives damning verdict on Arsenal’s January transfer window

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta watches on from the sidelines
Arteta brought in two defenders on loan (Picture: Getty Images)

Paul Merson believes Arsenal’s January transfer dealings show just how far they’ve fallen and proves that Mikel Arteta’s side ‘aren’t a big fish anymore’.

Two defenders came through the door, with Spanish centre-back Pablo Mari arriving on loan from Flamengo and Southampton right-back Cedric Soares joining until the end of the season.

While former Arsenal midfielder Merson accepts his old side needed to add to their defensive ranks, he believes the transfer window as a whole sums up how muchthe club is ‘struggling’.

Cedric Soares smiles after signing For Arsenal
Soares was signed (Picture: Getty)

‘Arteta worked with him [Mari] at Man City and will have gone to Arsenal, worked with the defenders at Arsenal and weighed it up and thought, “He’s played in the second division in Spain but he’s probably better than what I’ve got here”.

‘The main thing is, he’s seen what he needs at the back. He has come in and brought two defenders in.

‘Will they make a difference? We will have to wait and see.

‘The shame for me is that it just shows where Arsenal are. They are struggling.

‘They aren’t the big fish anymore where they can go and get £50m or £60m players. They are going for players that no-one else is really after. It wasn’t like they were in a bidding war.

‘The lad from Southampton, I didn’t even know he was available and if there was anyone else after him.’

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