Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has continued his criticism of the club following our inactivity in the transfer window and stated that we’re lucky to be facing Stoke City at home after the close of the window, Sky Sports reports.
Merson previously claimed that Arsene Wenger was “cheating” the fans (via the Mirror) with his reluctance to spend given that the finances accumulated at the club largely derive from season ticket sales.
Without the striker many had hoped would come in, Merson believes that we’re fortunate to be heading into a fixture in which our record is perfect.
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“Arsenal are very lucky to have Stoke at home in their first game after the transfer market closed, considering they didn’t buy a striker,” Merson told Sky Sports.
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Merson’s view may be slightly short-term and one would suspect that our issues up front will be found out over the course of the season should we fail to produce.
Also, our record at home has been poor recently having failed to score in five of our last six home games stemming back to our goalless draw against Chelsea in April.
Whatever happens against Stoke City, the tests for us will come throughout the campaign and Wenger’s risks in the transfer window can only be properly scrutinised in time.