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Paul Merson claims Arsenal ‘wanted a Christian Eriksen’ to beat Manchester United

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Christian Eriksen delivered a formidable efficiency in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Arsenal (AMA/Getty)

Paul Merson believes Arsenal have been lacking a participant like Christian Eriksen throughout their 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at Outdated Trafford.

The Gunners suffered their first lack of the brand new season as Antony and a double from Marcus Rashford sealed the win for Erik ten Hag’s facet.

Mikel Arteta praised Arsenal’s efficiency after the match, claiming that the sport was ‘there for the taking’.

Merson was additionally buoyed by Arsenal’s show at Outdated Trafford however feels Arteta’s midfield wanted a participant with Eriksen’s imaginative and prescient and passing vary to unpick United’s defence.

‘The primary quarter-hour of the second half they [United] received ripped to shreds. Arsenal ought to have gone on and received it. It was so one-sided, the soccer match.

‘He was the distinction, Eriksen. I assumed he received run ragged by [Martin] Odegaard at instances, I assumed Odegaard was getting him, turning him and squaring him up, he was working the present.

‘However the factor with Eriksen that Arsenal haven’t received is that ball by means of the traces.

Paul Merson says Martin Odegaard ‘ran Christian Eriksen ragged’ at Outdated Trafford (Shutterstock)

‘He did it within the first half with Fernandes for the primary objective, and it did it for Fernandes once more [for United’s second goal].

‘Arsenal haven’t received that. They’ve received [Bukayo] Saka and [Sambi] Lokonga, they’re not going to place the ball by means of the traces, that was the distinction, for me, between the 2 sides, that was it, it was his [Eriksen’s] passing.

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‘It’s the identical outdated story, you come away from right here and we’re like, ‘we’ve executed effectively’.’

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Merson additionally criticised Arteta for making three substations with 17 minutes remaining as Arsenal tried to attain an equaliser. Nonetheless, Rashford then netted his second of the sport only a minute later to seal United’s win.

‘Three substitutions immediately, Man United went stable and introduced Fred on so that they have been at all times going to provide the ball, so that you need your higher gamers nonetheless on the pitch,’ mentioned Merson.

‘They misplaced their form, it was like [from Arteta], ‘go on, you go on and everybody simply play’.

‘Ramsdale hadn’t made a save, it wasn’t like he was man of the match.

‘So simply preserve it tight on the again and they’ll get an opportunity within the sport. They’ll trigger havoc, you realize what it’s like within the final quarter-hour, folks would’ve received nervous right here, [United] gamers would’ve received nervous.

‘For me, it was a knee-jerk response too shortly with 20 minutes to go.’

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