Paul Merson slams Arsenal in Man United comparison

Paul Merson has taken aim at Arsenal in absolutely ruthless fashion, accusing his former club of having no ambition to win the Premier League.

Arsenal 2-0 Man United

Unai Emery’s Arsenal welcomed Manchester United to North London on Sunday, in a crucial outing for both sides.

Ahead of kick-off at the Emirates, the clubs were separated by just a solitary point in the Premier League table, with the visitors having occupied the final of the English top-flight’s top-4 spots.

As such, with Tottenham having fallen to a shock defeat at Southampton on Saturday afternoon, and Chelsea having dropped points at home to Wolves, both Arsenal and United headed into proceedings in the English capital aware that a 3-point haul would provide a huge boost to their respective hopes of sealing a Champions League berth for next season.

And, when the 90 minutes at the Emirates were done and dusted, it was Arsenal who emerged with an integral win.

Granit Xhaka notched the game’s opening goal with 12 minutes on the clock, smashing home past the wrong-footed David De Gea with a swerving strike from 20 yards.

David De Gea

David De Gea looks dejected during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United. Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images.

And Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made sure of the 3 points for hosts Arsenal in the 70th-minute.

After Fred was adjudged to have felled Alexandre Lacazette in the United box, Aubameyang stepped up to slot home the ensuing spot-kick.

‘In your wildest dreams’

However, despite Arsenal having reclaimed their spot in the Premier League’s top-4 in impressive fashion on Sunday, one former Gunners’ star last night nevertheless took aim at the North Londoners in harsh fashion.

The individual to have targeted the Gunners is Paul Merson, who lined out for Arsenal from 1985 to 1997.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Merson suggested that his former side make little to no effort to actually win the Premier League title, with the sole aim of the capital giants over the last decade having been to secure Champions League qualification:

‘I was very fortunate to play for Arsenal, an unbelievable football club.’

‘It’s got to the stage over the last seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13 years – get in the top four.’

‘Not win it, get in the top four.’

‘How are they set out to win it? You think Arsenal set out to win the Premier League? In your wildest dreams. You reckon they aimed that high?’

‘You’re not telling me their first priority is make sure we get in the top four. And then if we get lucky, and we’re still in it with 10 games to go, we’ve got a chance of winning it.’

‘I’m not talking about Man United. I’m talking specifically about Arsenal Football Club.’

‘Man United, this year [no], and they weren’t last year. Next year, they aren’t messing about for top four.’

‘They will want to win the league. And they will make an effort to win the league and they’ll buy players.’

‘Arsenal won’t.’

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