Wenger: 'I'm not interested in Paul Merson. I managed him, I tried'

Paul Merson

The Arsenal bass has angrily hit back at claims his side are 'tactically clueless.'

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has responded angrily to recent criticism from Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson.

In typical Wengeresque fashion, the Frenchman claimed he is 'not interested' in what the former Arsenal midfielder has to say and referenced the fact that he 'tried' to managed him in the 1990s.

Merson, of course, branded the Gunners tactically clueless on a number of occasions when Arsenal threw away a three-goal lead against Anderlecht in the Champions League earlier this week.

But Wenger, it seems, is unfazed.

"Honestly, it does not matter to me. You say what you want. You are free. I managed him. I tried. I’m not interested in Paul Merson," Wenger told reporters.

"You have to defend well and attack well. Why should you stop playing one of the aspects of the game?

"These debates that I hear are a joke, a farce. People who have managed zero games, they teach everybody how you should behave. It’s a farce. Honestly, I cannot even be upset about it."

Wenger sold Merson to Middlesbrough quite early in his Arsenal reign in 1997. Clearly, there has been no love lost between the pair since...

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