Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes that fans have every right to feel cheated by manager Arsene Wenger’s lack of new signings in the summer transfer market, according to reports from Sky Sports.
However, Wenger only secured one major deal in the addition of goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea, with the Czech Republic captain arriving via a £10million transfer.
And Merson, who played for Arsenal from 1985-1997, claims that the supporters who watch their team every week are entitled to feel bitter over the club’s failure to make more signings.
“It cheats the fans,” said Merson. “The fans think ‘what are we coming for? We turn up every week, we pay the highest prices and what for? Top four? We might get a day out at Wembley again in the FA Cup.’ Wow-wee.
“There’s a saying in life: Keep on doing the things you do and you’ll get the same results. How different is this season going to be for Arsenal? It’s the same team that finished 12 points behind Chelsea last year. Why, this year, will this team finish above Chelsea?
“I can tell you now, there will be a phase this season when they’ll be unbelievable, win seven on the trot and play the best football you’ve ever seen. But at the end of the season, with this team and no signings, I’d be absolutely shocked if they won the Premier League.”
The Gunners consistently finish in the top four but are unable to mount a serious title challenge, and Merson believes that without new players, it shows a lack of ambition from the club.
“If you’re an Arsenal season ticket holder, you’re paying top dollar. It’s their money. It’s the fans’ money. It’s not Arsene Wenger’s money. It’s not the club’s money. It’s the fans’ money that they’ve paid to buy players,” he said.
“The whole idea of going to this big stadium that holds 60,000 people was to bring in top quality players. I don’t know [why Arsenal aren’t spending the money].
“Just put in a bid for Benzema. £75m. If Real Madrid turn around and say ‘we’re not selling him’, you can’t argue with that. You’ve put in a bid and if they turn it down or the lad doesn’t want to come, that’s the way it goes. But show something.”
Arsenal have only managed to score three goals in their opening four games, collecting seven points in the process.