Paul Merson claims Arsenal 'couldn’t have wished for a worse start'
- Sky Sports pundit and former Arsenal midfielder believes the beginning of Premier League would be a huge test for Unai Emery
"He’s bought players that they needed. He needed defenders, he’s bought experience in Lichtsteiner. But, 35 years of age. How many 35-year-olds are playing in the Premier League? Especially at the back. But he’s bought experience, it’s going to be different. He needs time."
Arsenal set to begin their 2018/19 Premier League campaign with a home game at the Emirates Stadium against Pep Guardiola's side Manchester City. On that note, Merson continues: "He couldn’t have wished for a worse start, Man City at home, Chelsea away.
"They could be in the bottom three after two games, which would be a shame for the manager. Tomorrow you will see a team that will make it very difficult for Man City to break them down. It won’t be like the old days where we have a shot, you have a shot."
Paul Merson has also predicted that at the end of the season Tottenham will finish above Arsenal in Premier League: "I didn't see Tottenham buying anyone anyway, but I'd have them fourth. You saw it with Arsenal when they moved to the Emirates, you can't buy anyone, you have to sell players. They've kept their big names, that's the signings for me. We saw with Arsenal they had to sell a player every summer - if Spurs can get away with that then fair play."