Paul Merson labels Arsenal ‘embarrassing’ for dropping below Burnley

'Embarrassing’: Paul Merson rips into Arsenal
Arsenal drew 0-0 with West Ham on Wednesday (Getty)

Paul Merson has ripped into Arsenal after his former side fell to seventh in the Premier League table.

The Gunners were held to a 0-0 draw by lowly West Ham on Wednesday, which came after their 1-1 draw with Southampton at the weekend.

Seeing Arsenal fall behind Burnley, Merson told Sky Sports: ‘Nothing has changed at Arsenal. We are 17 games into the season and they are below Burnley. That is embarrassing.

‘You can understand after five or six games, if someone gets off to a flying start, but this is 17 games in.’

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'Embarrassing’: Paul Merson rips into Arsenal
Arsene Wenger at the London Stadium (Reuters)

Among Arsenal’s major issues this season is their away form which has seen them pick up just nine points from a possible 27.

Trying to explain why that could be, Merson said: ‘Because it’s easier to play at home. You have a lot of the ball and teams come and play a different way. The teams that win trophies go away from home and stand up and win games.’

Arsenal 2017/18 fixtures

Newcastle United (H) – Sat Dec 16
West Ham United (H) – Tues Dec 19 (EFL Cup)
Liverpool (H) – Fri Dec 22
Crystal Palace (A) – Thurs Dec 28
West Brom (A) – Sun Dec 31
Chelsea (H) – Wed Jan 3

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Another problem for the Gunners has been the focus on contract rebels Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, who will both see their deals expire at the end of the season.

The former England midfielder believes it’s time to cut them loose.

‘I don’t know where Arsenal are going. I have said before that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will probably stay but now I think they have to go because they are doing nothing.’

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