Tag: Paul Merson

Paul Merson played for Arsenal Football Club. The former English midfielder joined Arsenal in 1984 and made his first team debut for Arsenal in 1986. Merson left Arsenal for Middlesbrough in 1997 for reportedly £4.5m. In total, he made 425 appearances for Arsenal and scored 99 goals. Merson wore several numbers for Arsenal including number 9 and number 10. He currently works as a football pundit in the media. Merson was born on March 20, 1968.

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Arsene Wenger or Harry Redknapp: Paul Merson picks Redknapp

Paul Merson believes that Harry Redknapp was a better tactician than Arsene Wenger in comments that would be surprising if they came from anyone else.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal FC celebrates after scoring his team's first goal in extra-time during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Arsenal FC and Olympiacos FC at Emirates Stadium on February 27, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.

Former Gunner says this Arsenal star is what Manchester United are missing

Paul Merson thinks Manchester United are missing a player like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as they need a 25-goal striker right now.
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Talk to someone: Former Arsenal star explains suicidal thoughts and mental health struggles

With FA Cup games kicking off a minute later than normal to highlight mental health issues, Paul Merson has revealed that this time last year he was suicidal.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23: Alex Iwobi of Everton during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Everton FC at Villa Park on August 23, 2019, in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Paul Merson insists former Arsenal player has made his new team better

Paul Merson thinks Everton are a better team after the summer signings of Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean, and Marco Silva just needs to stick by the pair.

Paul Merson makes incredible Eric Dier admission

Before Arsenal’s game against Tottenham at the weekend Paul Merson opted for Eric Dier ahead of Lucas Torreira in his combined XI but now he doesn’t rate the Tottenham man at all.

Punditry duo write Arsenal stars off: Claim Tottenham superior all over the pitch

Paul Merson and Tim Sherwood have made the usual plea for attention pre-North London derby by picking ridiculously Tottenham-heavy combined XIs.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United looks dejected in defeat after the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Manchester United and Sevilla FC at Old Trafford on March 13, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Former Gunner claims Sanchez is 'lost' and 'struggling' at Manchester United

Paul Merson thinks Alexis Sanchez looks a bit lost at Manchester United right now, and admits the forward is struggling with his new club.
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United looks despondent during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Manchester United and Sevilla FC at Old Trafford on March 13, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Pundit accidentally strikes gold explaining why Alexis Sanchez is rubbish without Mesut Ozil

Paul Merson doesn’t often talk sense but he might have accidentally struck gold when he said Mesut Ozil helped Alexis Sanchez look good.
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Another former Gunner slams Unai Emery's side after just 1 match

Paul Merson claims Unai Emery's squad aren't strong enough mentally to achieve anything more than they did last season, after watching the team play one game against the English champions.
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Paul Merson (l) and Phil Thompson answer questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Watch: Former Gunner struggles to pronounce club's new signings

Paul Merson has long struggled with any vaguely complex names, and it seems the rest of the footballing world has started to catch on.

Pundit will be 'shocked' if Celtic boss isn't at Arsenal next season

Paul Merson truly believes that Celtic coach Brendan Rodgers should take over from Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal legend says blame the players not Wenger

Paul Merson refuses to blame Arsene Wenger for Arsenal's League Cup final defeat, saying the players have to accept responsibility after a number of terrible individual performances.
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Paul Merson makes ridiculous claim over Arsenal’s decision to sell Giroud

Paul Merson says Arsenal should have kept Olivier Giroud and sold Alexandre Lacazette instead, as the 31-year-old was the club's only 'plan B'.
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

'I think they will pick them off' - Paul Merson predicts the outcome of...

Paul Merson predicts a win for Chelsea over Arsenal this evening, believing the Gunners have serious problems with in-house division right now.
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Paul Merson predicts five-goal thriller when Arsenal face Crystal Palace

Paul Merson predicts Arsenal's Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace to end up a five-goal thriller, due to the two sides' poor defensive records.

4 reasons why Paul Merson's Sergio Agüero-Alexis Sanchez swap deal is ludicrous

Paul Merson has bizarrely suggested Arsenal try for a Sergio Agüero-Alexis Sanchez swap deal, despite the obvious reasons it won't happen.
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Embarrassing: Paul Merson predicts Arsenal v Newcastle United

Arsenal face Newcastle on Saturday and former Gunner Paul Merson actually believes his former side might win.
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - MARCH 19: Paul Merson (l) and Phil Thompson answer questions during Gillette Soccer Saturday Live with Jeff Stelling on March 19, 2012 at the Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Paul Merson predicts who will win between Arsenal and West Ham on Wednesday

Paul Merson is predicting a 3-1 win for Arsenal over West Ham on Wednesday, despite noting the Hammers' unpredictability in the last month.
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Paul Merson has a lazy reason why Arsenal can beat West Ham on Wednesday

Paul Merson feels Arsenal could take advantage of West Ham's fatigue when the two London sides lock horns on Wednesday night.

Arsenal fan favourite told to leave Arsenal

Former Gunner, Paul Merson, believes that Jack Wilshere has to leave Arsenal if he wants to get regular first team football.

Paul Merson makes his prediction for Arsenal's meeting with Huddersfield

Paul Merson thinks Arsenal will ease to a 3-0 win over Huddersfield on Wednesday.
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Paul Merson names two players Arsenal have to keep to finish in the top-four

Paul Merson thinks Arsenal will only be able to finish in the Champions League places this season if they hang onto Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez.
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Pundit nails Arsenal ahead of Burnley: Avoid this rookie mistake

Paul Merson has high hopes for Arsenal's performance against Burnley on Sunday but even he knows where it could all go wrong for the Gunners.

Pundit finally changes view on Mesut Ozil but it won't last

Paul Merson has explained why "world class" Mesut Ozil gets so much criticism.
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Paul Merson gives his prediction for Saturday's North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham

Paul Merson believes that a fresh Harry Kane gives Tottenham a big advantage over Arsenal.

Leave for Italy: Pundit gives Arsenal fan favourite controversial advice

Former Gunner Paul Merson has urged Jack Wilshere to move abroad in order to further his career.
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Pundit calls for Wenger to start struggling Arsenal man to exploit this Manchester City...

Paul Merson has identified left back as Manchester City's weakness, and thinks Theo Walcott could exploit it.
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Former Arsenal man believes Wenger should have quit for one of these 3 top...

Paul Merson believes Arsene Wenger should have left Arsenal years ago to make way for Jurgen Klopp, Antonio Conte or Jose Mourinho.

Video: Former Arsenal midfielder comes out of retirement but it all goes wrong

Paul Merson came out of retirement to play for Welsh fourth-tier team Caerau, making his debut in last night's meeting against Pontyclun, but saw a lighting failure lead to the abandonment of the fixture.
8 Dec 1996: Paul Merson of Arsenal rubs his eyes, during the FA Carling Premier league match between Arsenal and Derby County at Highbury in London. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. Picture: Ben Radford/Allsport

Why is Paul Merson so anti-Özil?

Paul Merson came out with more anti-Özil comments ahead of the weekend's clash between Arsenal and Watford, even though the facts go against everything he's saying.

Arsene Wenger gives former Gunner both barrels during press conference

Paul Merson is coming out of retirement to play for third-tier Welsh side Caerau but Arsene Wenger certainly ain't impressed.

Paul Merson talks nonsense about Mesut Ozil – he works harder than Alexis

Paul Merson says he wouldn't put Mesut Özil back into the team against Watford, as the German doesn't work hard enough.
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Video: Arsene Wenger savages former Arsenal midfielder in press conference

Arsène Wenger jokingly dismissed a question about Paul Merson's return to football, with the 49-year-old rumoured to be joining Welsh four-tier team Caerau.

Former Arsenal midfielder coming out of retirement to play for Welsh club

Paul Merson has been cleared to play for third-tier Welsh side Caerau.

Paul Merson bizarrely claims Arsenal would win the title if Arsene Wenger had this...

Paul Merson thinks Arsène Wenger would win the Premier League title if he had the same tactical sense as Harry Redknapp.
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Paul Merson believes England desperately need this Arsenal player's creativity

Paul Merson believes England are in desperate need of Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana's creativity. 

Paul Merson rips into 'lucky' Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as Liverpool man's luck fails to improve

Paul Merson thinks Oxlade-Chamberlain is lucky to get in the England squad, and wouldn't be in the squad in one of the past eras of better players.
Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson. Picture: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Paul Merson believes Arsene Wenger should have swapped this Arsenal player

Paul Merson, in his infinite wisdom, is perplexed over Arsene Wenger's apparent decision not to swap Alexis Sanchez for Sergio Aguero during the summer.

Paul Merson backs Arsene Wenger’s decision to bench star contract rebel

Paul Merson agrees with Arsene Wenger's decision to start Alexis Sanchez on the bench against Chelsea last Sunday.

Paul Merson rips into senior Arsenal defender

Paul Merson criticised Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal as he picked his combined Arsenal-Chelsea eleven ahead of the match between the two at Stamford Bridge.