Merson says this Arsenal duo wouldn’t play for anyone else in top-12

Paul Merson is critical of Arsenal duo Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini.

Paul Merson has written in The Daily Star that Arsenal duo Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini would not get into any of the top 12 teams in the Premier League.

“Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini wouldn’t get a game for anyone else in the top 12,” wrote the former Arsenal attacker.

Arteta and Flamini are two of the senior midfielders in the current Arsenal squad, but both are past their prime.

It is a bit harsh of Merson to claim that neither player would get into any other team in the top 12 of the Premier League, but it is clear that they are not the players to take Arsenal forward.

Spanish midfielder Arteta, 33, has featured just eight times in the Premier League so far this season, while 31-year-old Frenchman Flamini has played in 15 league matches.

It is hard to see either of the midfielders playing an important role for Arsenal in the coming years.

Arsenal are third in the Premier League table at the moment and are in a poor run of form.

The Gunners will take on Tottenham Hotspur away from home at White Hart Lane in the North London derby on Saturday afternoon.

A defeat for Arsenal is likely to see their Premier League title challenge end.

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