Merson baffled at Arsenal for not signing £25m striker

Date published: Wednesday 1st September 2021 9:14 - Joe Williams

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Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson can’t understand why Arsenal didn’t move to sign Danny Ings from Southampton this summer.

The 29-year-old agreed a three-year deal at Aston Villa earlier in the transfer window as he completed a £25m move from the Saints.

Villa will be relatively happy with their transfer business this summer whereas many Gunners fans have been left dissatisfied despite the club spending £147m on new players.

The losers of the summer 2021 transfer window

Arsenal brought in Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale and Takehiro Tomiyasu during the summer.

Merson has already made his feelings known on their overall transfer business and he has revealed their lack of interest in Ings worried him.

Merson said on Sky Sports: “Look at Everton with Rafa now, they’re going to be hard to beat, West Ham look decent, it’s not as easy as it used to be, it’s not a free ride anymore where you go, top four, five or six.

“You look at Aston Villa they’ve got Danny Ings, why have Arsenal not got Danny Ings? Why are they not going buying Danny Ings. I worry about the recruitment, I worry about that.”

Arsenal are bottom of the Premier League after losing their opening three fixtures and failing to score a single goal.

Meanwhile, Chris Sutton thinks all of the Gunners’ signings are “decent players” but none of them are the “finished product”.

Sutton wrote in the Daily Mail: “They’re all decent players, don’t get me wrong. Tomiyasu, who joined on deadline day, is a nice signing. He’s only 22 and he can play at centre back, right back or right wing back, so he gives you options.

“But that list of names doesn’t give me that oomph — that sense that this is a game-changer. None of them are the finished product. Not even White who, at £50m, is a very big investment.

“Part of the problem with Arsenal is how do you attract the best of the best when you finished eighth in the Premier League last season and you’re currently bottom?

“Players like Ronaldo don’t go for that. They go for clubs who are proven to be competitive and that’s not Arsenal of late.

“Joe Willock, Hector Bellerin, David Luiz and Willian, among others, have left. The board must trust Mikel Arteta. You imagine he’s given the nod to these comings and goings and he’ll want time to work with his new guys. But Arteta needs results fast, too.”


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