Paul Merson – All Stars XI (Reuters)

Paul Merson has suggested to Sky Sports that he believes Newcastle United’s new owners could have made Arsenal a force again if they had bought the Gunners.

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Newcastle are now the richest club in world football following PIF’s recent takeover. 

The Magpies are expected to become a force again, but Merson does not see massive change happening quickly.

The pundit feels that if Newcastle’s new owners had purchased Arsenal then they could have become a challenger for the Premier League title relatively quickly.

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However, the amount of change required to bring in the quality needed at Newcastle means that Merson thinks it could be a long process. 

He said: “The owners won’t just put money in forever, it doesn’t matter how much you’ve got.

“They’ll want to see success fast, and I don’t think they’ll understand what it takes to get to the top. They are 17 players short.

“If they had bought Arsenal, I would have said: ‘Woah’ because they have players already. They only need four or five players, and it would take them half a billion to turn them into challengers.

“With Newcastle, they have to stay up this season – which I think they will – but they are fighting.”

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It is unquestionable that Arsenal do have greater quality than Newcastle right now, but even if PIF had come in at the Emirates Stadium, plenty of work would have needed to be done.

There are very few world-class players in Arsenal’s squad at this moment in time, meaning vast changes would also have to be made in North London.

The purchase price of Arsenal would also have been significantly higher than Newcastle.

Arsenal have been the subject of interest from Daniel Ek, but his £1.8 billion bid for the club was turned down (Telegraph) recently.