Arsenal win v Galatasaray in Champions League, but Paul Merson is still not happy

Paul Merson

Paul Merson says that Arsenal should have kept a clean sheet against Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Arsenal eased to a 4-1 victory over Galatasaray away from home in the Champions League on Tuesday, but Paul Merson was not still happy.

The Gunners finished runners-up in Group D with the win, which came courtesy of braces from Lukas Podolski and Aaron Ramsey.

Many of Arsenal’s first-team regulars were missing from the encounter, but still the North London outfit gave a strong and commendable performance.

But Merson pointed out one flaw.

“I don’t get the feeling that the defenders will go into the dressing room at the end of the game and think that they should have kept a clean sheet,” the former Arsenal attacker told Sky Sports.

“I just think that they will think: ‘we won’. That’s the problem; they don’t have the killer instinct: ‘we are winning this game 3-0 and whatever happens don’t let in a goal’.”

While Merson is justified in claiming that Arsenal should have tried to keep a clean sheet, the problem is that the goal came via a truly brilliant free kick.

Wesley Sneijder’s powerful free kick from 18 yards did not give goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny much chance.

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