Merson astonished with Arteta decision, Defeat against Southampton in FA Cup.
Merson (The Former Gunners midfielder) astonished with Arteta’s decision, ending in a loss against Southampton in FA Cup on Saturday.
He was baffled to comprehend with numerous substitutions executed at St Mary’s, home to Southampton, yet another road to prizewinners being tackled off.
Paul Merson has interviewed Mikel Arteta’s election call in a 1-0 FA Cup debacle at Southampton, with holders Arsenal bobbing out of that competition with a whimper to bequeath them with little to no play for in 2020-21.
Arsenal is still in the hunt for Europa League glory this season, with the fixtures scheduled a last-32 date against Benfica, but have been grappling for the sort of form that insinuates they can progress all the way.
Continental performance does, nevertheless, contribute their only way to major win, with the extra implied road of accomplishment being tackled off at St Mary’s.
The Squad Rotation appeared back to torment him, as Gabriel Magalhaes own goal decline Arsenal’s journey to FA Cup, the oldest cup tournament in England.
The former player turned gaffer, Mikel Arteta, who led his side to FA Cup victory a couple of months after getting the restraints at Emirates Stadium, opted to rearrange his team management for a game against the Saints.
Merson is disappointed as to why the Gunners choose to jumble things up in an erratic campaign, with a top-four finish apparently out of scope in the Premier League for Arsenal.
He feels the cup glory should have been top precedence, with the past Arsenal midfielder telling Sky Sports:
“I don’t know what he (Arteta) doing. “They aren’t going to win the league.
They aren’t performing to get in the best four of the Premier League unless they worked on one of the greatest runs in the antiquity of the Premier League.
“For me, this is the one. This is the one that made Arteta last time round. He came to Arsenal and had a great semi-final and a great final. I honestly can’t believe it.
“This is a more important game than the midweek league game, in my opinion.
“They are not getting relegated and they are not getting in the top four, so for me, you don’t want to end up just getting sixth again and then you are playing Thursday in the Europa – I think that just sends them back. For me, it was a bad decision.”
Arsenal is anticipated to meet Southampton again on Tuesday, with Arteta’s side – who have secured 13 points from their latest five games – currently remaining tenth in the chart, seven points uncertain of the Champions League spots.