Paul Merson says Arsenal better choice for players over Tottenham, lambasts worrying situation

Paul Merson

Former Arsenal star says it is worrying for Tottenham as a club that Arsenal can still catch them.

Paul Merson believes that despite Tottenham Hotspur's encouraging season, talented players should still choose to sign for Arsenal over their rivals.

Asked on the SkySports Fantasy Football Podcast which club young players would be better off signing for, he answered that Arsenal's track record cannot be argued with, despite Mauricio Pochettino showing also at Spurs that he is happy to give chances to promising talents.

Merson believes that Arsenal's pedigree as a club leaves them in a stronger position than Spurs overall, and it is worrying that Tottenham have fallen away to the point where the Gunners can still catch them.

"If you are young and gifted you go to Arsenal. You are going to play. Jack Wilshere played, he's young and gifted.

"Tottenham just had their best season ever, that they dreamed of played unbelievable football and might finish level with Arsenal, that is seriously worrying."

It could be worse in fact. Two points separate the two teams with one game remaining, meaning that if Tottenham lose to Newcastle and Arsenal win against Aston Villa, the Gunners will finish on top.

A draw for Spurs will see them finish level on points if Arsenal win, although they will remain above their rivals in the race for second place on goal difference.

Wilshere is not the only young player to come through the ranks at Arsenal by any means, with Hector Bellerin last season and Alex Iwobi this campaign more recent examples than Merson provided.

Tottenham themselves have given first team chances to Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Harry Kane, while Josh Onomah is one of many potential breakout stars on the cusp of making an impact.

Both teams should be proud of the opportunities they give to young players, as opposed to Chelsea who have failed to do so, only relenting in this area after their season fell apart.

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