Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson says Arsenal have had a shocking transfer window and claims the players will know that they can’t win the Premier League title this season, the Daily Star report.
The Gunners only brought in goalkeeper Petr Cech over the summer, a decision which has caused plenty of debate among supporters and pundits - with the general consensus being that they are short elsewhere.
Merson astonishingly told Sky Sports on Thursday that the Arsenal supporters are being cheated, largely due to the high ticketing pricing and the club’s decision to spend meagrely during the summer.
And now the former Gunner has expressed his ire further, claiming that the current players are well aware that they don’t have enough to overcome their rivals and win the title this season.
“Arsenal had a shocker of a transfer window and I think their players know it. I have been in dressing rooms before where you have not won the league and you don’t buy players – and you know you are not going to win it again,” Merson explained in his column for the Daily Star.
“It puts severe pressure on the players and whatever they say at Arsenal, I bet those players know they will not win the title this season.”
Hard to disagree?
While it’s a big statement to suggest that the Arsenal players believe the title is out of reach with just four games of the season gone, the odds are clearly stacked against the Gunners.
After finishing 12 and four points behind Chelsea and Manchester City respectively last season, adding just a goalkeeper during the transfer window while their rivals spent big isn’t sending out the right message.
The North Londoners clearly improved since the turn of the year and looked for long periods like the best team in the country last term, though expecting to do that for an entire campaign is a different matter altogether.