Paul Merson lays into 'average and 'undeserved' Arsenal win, missed injured star

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson did not have many compliments for the club in light of their victory.

Arsenal ground out an important win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane, thanks to a memorable goal from Czech international Tomas Rosicky.

Spurs boss Tim Sherwood said in his post-game interview that he felt his side were the better team and deserved a something from the game, and found an unlikely backer in former Arsenal star Paul Merson.

Merson, a SkySports pundit for the game, argued that he felt the Gunners were second best for large periods of the match.

He said: "Arsenal were average at best, they got an early goal, and rode their luck.

"Arsenal were quite pace-less, there's not a lot of pace in the team without Walcott.

"It made Tottenham push on even further and squash the game. They penned them in for long periods. They missed Walcott unbelievably I reckon.

"Spurs deserved a draw. I'd be mad to sit here and say Arsenal deserved to win that match."

Merson's comments carry some weight, in that Arsenal hardly dominated the game - but with Spurs failing to score or really test Wojciech Szczesny they did not need to.

During only one second half scramble did Arsenal really look rattled, with the Gunners' excellent central defensive partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny holding firm.

Theo Walcott meanwhile is the type of player any side would miss, he gives Arsenal another dimension with his pace, and while he will return from injury in the summer - signing a player who can pose a similar threat from the left hand side should be equally as important as signing a striker for Arsene Wenger.

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