Arsenal were knocked out of the FA Cup after losing to Southampton.
Paul Merson criticized Mikel Arteta's lineup throughArsenal
's FA Cup defeat to Southampton.
Arsenal has performed poorly in all the competitions they have played and have not lived up to expectations. The only stage the Gunners can succeed is in the Europa League, where they have to face Benfica. Arteta's side lost to Southampton in the FA Cup, which was one of their chances of success this season, with Merson criticizing the Gunners' lineup.
Merson told Sky Sports:
“I don’t know what [Arteta's] doing.
“They aren’t going to win the league. They aren’t going to get in the top four of the Premier League, unless they went on one of the best runs in the history of the Premier League.
“For me, this is the one. This is the one that made Arteta last time round. He came to Arsenal and had a great semi-final and a great final. I honestly can’t believe it.
“This is a more important game than the midweek league game, in my opinion.
“They are not getting relegated and they are not getting in the top four, so for me you don’t really want to end up just getting sixth again and then you are playing Thursday in the Europa – I think that just sends them back. For me, it was a bad decision.”