Former Arsenal star Paul Merson doesn’t think much of Tottenham’s Champions League hopes next season after Spurs beat the Gunners to a top-four place by ‘elite’ manager Antonio Conte. .
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Paul Merson says Tottenham have no chance of winning the Champions League next season and he could very well be third in his group!
But he also claims that Mikel Arteta needs to prove he is an elite coach like Antonio Conte after being outwitted by the Italian in the race for the top four. And Merson, who won five major trophies with the Gunners, reckons Arteta must buy some veterans this summer to help the kids at the Emirates.
writing on his daily star column, first Arsenal The England winger said: “Arteta needs to show he can be an elite manager like Antonio Conte next season. But he must first succeed in Arsenal’s biggest transfer window in years.”
“Conte beat Arteta to a place in the top four. But it won’t hurt them to see tottenham in the champions league. This game is about winning things. And let’s face it, the Spurs have no chance of winning that competition. Zilcho. Get third in your group and try to win the Europa League! All it is, is a roulette wheel of money, the Champions League. Fair play to them though. The Spurs did what they had to do. Well played. And he crossed the line. But they have an elite manager. They are very lucky.
“How many clubs that are not winning the Premier league title, or when challenging it, do you have an elite trainer? it is very rare Arteta is not an elite coach. You only become an elite manager over time. And they will give him time at Arsenal. So he has a chance.”
Magic Man Merson, who has also played for Middlesbrough, Aston Villa, Portsmouth and England, has worked with some big name managers over the years. He played under the direction of George Graham, Arsene WengerHarry Redknapp and Glenn Hoddle, but acknowledges that Arteta is on the right track to join the elite.
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Merson said: “Elite coaches have a bit more knowledge. Conte got rid of players who had signed for big money and brought in great players. Dejan Kulusevski. Wow. That’s why he’s an elite manager. And Arteta could be. also someday, but you need another good window right now to start.
“The next players that Arsenal buy should be seasoned professionals in my opinion, ideally 28 or 29 years old. They need experience in the team. They have a lot of promising youngsters, but they froze when the decisive moment came. They’ve got to acquire something. of experience in the team.
Arsenal have been linked with the likes of Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and leicester Youri Tielemans from City this summer. But Merson said: “Gabriel Jesus would fit in well. He is only 25 years old, but he fits the bill because he scores goals, Arteta knows him and he has experience of winning trophies with manchester city.
“It’s good to have young players, but the problem is that one minute they’re up and the next minute they’re down. They can’t play well every week. It’s impossible. That comes with age. So they need help. And Arsenal don’t have the quality nor the experienced leaders to do that.
“This is a tough league, and they get attacked too. Teams tell players to pick Bukayo Saka now because they know he’s a dangerous big man. It’s about getting through those tough 20 minutes in games at places like newcastle where you have to get a result. You learn that as you get older.
“That’s the most important thing in this next window: bring experience. It’s their biggest window in a long time if I’m honest. They screwed up that bad in January. I don’t know anyone who thinks that was a success. The season has been disappointing because They’ve punched above their weight. They started with three straight losses, remember.
“But if they do it right this time, I think they’ll have a good season, they really do. The kids will have another year. They should have a stronger side if they buy well.”