Paul Merson bemused by Willian’s Arsenal struggles and makes Tottenham claim

Paul Merson is bemused by Willian's struggles at Arsenal
Paul Merson is bemused by Willian’s struggles at Arsenal (Picture: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson admits he is bemused by Willian’s ongoing struggles at Arsenal and says it is ‘sad’ how quickly the Gunners have fallen behind north London rivals Tottenham.

Much was expected of Willian following his move from Chelsea over the summer but the Brazil international has underwhelmed and is yet to score for his new club.

Willian’s struggles have coincided with a poor run of form from Mikel Arteta’s side, who have lost half of their Premier League matches this season to slip to 15th in the table.

Arsenal’s biggest rivals Tottenham, meanwhile, are currently top of the Premier League with 21 points.

‘I don’t know what’s happened to Willian,’ Gunners legend Merson told Sky Sports.

‘He was unplayable for Chelsea at times last season, and then Arsenal sign him and you think: “What a signing this is. On a free transfer!”

‘I can’t remember him having a good game yet. I’m a massive, massive fan of his. He’s just not got going.

Willian joined Arsenal from London rivals Chelsea over the summer
Willian joined Arsenal from London rivals Chelsea over the summer (Picture: Getty)

‘And at the moment Aubameyang is not playing. You can’t play in a football match and touch the ball six times in a half. You’ve got to go and get the ball, get involved, whatever happens.’

Merson added: ‘The saddest thing for me is how far, and how quickly, Arsenal have fallen behind Tottenham. Spurs have just built one of the best stadiums in the world.

‘I thought they were going to be selling players left, right and centre. A bit like Arsenal after they built the Emirates. Every year a star player went.

‘Tottenham are spending more money than Arsenal! Tottenham have a team there, and are in that group where they can win the league.

‘You look at Arsenal, and they’re in the group with Leicester, Southampton, Everton, West Ham, a few others.

‘People used to say “The Arsenal”… “How did The Arsenal do today?” “Who have The Arsenal got today?”

‘That’s gone. They just say Arsenal now. It was such a top club. Some of the teams they’ve had over the years have been phenomenal.

‘I think it sums up the situation at Arsenal that Wolves can experiment in that game, and play a load of attacking players. That fear isn’t there anymore with Arsenal.

‘I know Wolves played a back four the previous week, but let’s get one thing straight: Conor Coady wasn’t available in that game. This was Wolves experimenting.’

Arsenal face Rapid Wien in the Europa League on Thursday before continuing their Premier League campaign on Sunday against rivals Tottenham.

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