Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has tempered enthusiasm with respect to Arsenal’s good run of form, foreseeing they will be on the end of a whipping soon because of their poor defence.
The Gunners stretched out their winning run to nine games in all competition on Sunday beating West London side Fulham 5-1. In the wake of losing their initial two games of the 2018-19 campaign to Manchester City and Chelsea, Emery has engineered an eminent restoration built on fluid, attacking football and high pressing tactics, much to the delight of club supporters.
They are now just three points off the highest point of the table, having conceded 10 goals as of now this season and look amazingly powerless in defence, with BVB import of Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi playing as first choice centre-backs.
However, ‘Sky Sports’ pundit Paul Merson believes that the good run of form will end sooner or later.
“Sooner or later they will be on the end of a big score – defensively they are all over the place,” he said.
“The one thing that gets them out of trouble is that they’re always going to score goals. But defensively, they are just not good enough.”
The disposition around the club is one of positive thinking right now, with the Gunners fans content with the manner in which things are going on the pitch under the new Spanish boss, as they sung in the away end against Fulham ‘We have our Arsenal back’, – a nod towards the positive work done by Emery since replacing Arsene Wenger. However, Merson’s remarks portray a more realistic picture of the team’s progress.
Fellow pundit Craig Bellamy was perplexed by the chant.
“Arsenal were brilliant under George Graham, then Arsene Wenger took them onto another level,” he added.
“But because the last few years haven’t been as good, they [Arsenal fans] think they’ve got their club back? I don’t get it.”
After the international break, Arsenal will come back to Premier League action against Leicester City at the Emirates, where they will be relied upon to broaden their winning run.