Paul Merson slams Unai Emery and ‘pathetic’ Arsenal stars after Watford collapse

first_imgPaul Merson has slammed Arsenal manager Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson blames Unai Emery for the collapse against Watford but has also taken aim at Arsenal’s ‘pathetic’ players.Arsenal appeared to be cruising towards a third Premier League win of the season on Sunday when a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace put Emery’s side two goals up at Vicarage Road.Leading 2-0, the visitors were in complete control at half-time but lost control of proceedings when Tom Cleverley halved the deficit shortly after the break.Watford fired 31 shots – a club-record for a Premier League fixture – and Arsenal’s shaky defence was finally breached again when Roberto Pereyra scored a late penalty to secure a draw.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityReflecting the match, Merson told Sky Sports : ‘I’ve got to put it on the manager. People will say there were experienced players on the pitch, but he’s the manager and they’re paid to listen to him.‘You can’t have a manager give instructions on how to play and then they go out and do their own thing. There would be mutiny, so they’re listening to him and he’s not getting it right.‘His substitutions weren’t right. They needed to keep the ball in that game but they kept giving it away cheaply. The only player who didn’t give the ball away all game was Mesut Ozil.‘You just knew that Arsenal needed to score another goal but he was bringing youngsters on in a game when you’re under pressure.’ Comment Paul Merson slams Unai Emery and ‘pathetic’ Arsenal stars after Watford collapse Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a brace in the 2-2 draw (Picture: Getty)Gunners hero Merson added: ‘Since this new rule started when they can pass the ball in the six-yard box, why have they all started doing that? No one did it last year, and now they’re all doing it.‘The manager should have seen that and got the message out onto the pitch to stop that and get the ball forward. If they don’t win the first ball, they can win the second ball, and go from there.‘If Watford did win the ball in their own half, they have to come through three-quarters of the pitch to score. What are they trying to do?‘Sometimes these players think they’re something special and won’t be closed down – it’s pathetic.‘At Watford in the first half, it was a walk in the park for Arsenal, they’re 2-0 up and you’re thinking it’s the end of the football match. But I don’t know many other teams where the next minute, you’re hanging on.’ Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Emery reflects on ‘frustrating’ 2-2 draw with WatfordTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:47FullscreenEmery reflects on ‘frustrating’ 2-2 draw with Watfordhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-reflects-frustrating-2-2-draw-watford-2006290/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The shackles came off and Watford felt like they had nothing to lose, but the manager got it horribly wrong.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I couldn’t believe he brought Ozil off. Who else is going to open up a team bar him?‘To get Sokratis to play out from the back… the lad can’t play. He’s not David Luiz. He can pass, he’s comfortable on the ball. No way can Sokratis play the same way.‘They need to play three at the back as they’re not good enough to play a four. They let in too many goals and make too many mistakes.‘It’s like anything in life, if you keep on doing the same things, you’ll keep on getting the same results.’MORE: Frank Lampard reveals Chelsea’s Champions League target after mixed Premier League form Metro Sport ReporterMonday 16 Sep 2019 1:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link168Shareslast_img

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