Paul Merson reacts to lucky, lucky Arsenal - worse than Dortmund!


Arsenal definitely did not deserve to beat Anderlecht in the Champions League, according to former midfielder Paul Merson.

"I've seen lucky teams in my time but that's the luckiest I've seen for a long time," said former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson, who was unimpressed with the performance of his former employers as the Gunners came from behind to defeat Anderlecht 2-1 in Belgium in the Champions League.

"They definitely did not deserve it," he added.

At 1-0 down, Arsenal had given themselves a mountain to travail as it would have ensured Anderlecht would have leap-frogged them in Group D of the Champions League table, but a victory provides them with a safety cushion.

Merson marveled at the sumptuous nature of the cross that allowed Kieran Gibbs to enter the box and side-foot the ball on the volley into the side of the net, while he also lauded Alexis Sanchez.

Yet the Englishman believes the moments of magic are too far and few between the dross that seems to permeate Arsenal performances.

"That covers over the cracks and was even worse than the performance against Borussia Dortmund," he said.

"At 1-0 down, they could have gone 2-0, 3-0 or 4-0 down. They were all over the place. Anderlecht won't believe their [bad] luck."

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