TWO Arsenal stars have Paul Merson worried ahead of today’s clash with Liverpool.
Unai Emery is hoping to continue his side’s unbeaten run in recent weeks but will be without some key stars.
Hector Bellerin is facing a race against time to be fit for the Emirates clash.
And this has Merson worried due to the rotation that will follow from Emery – most notably the inclusion of veteran Stephan Lichtsteiner and Granit Xhaka at left-back.
“I just think the defence is terrible, all over the place, and no different to what it was before,” he told Sky Sports.
“How many 35-year-olds are there in the Premier League?”
“If Hector Bellerin is injured, you’re talking about Granit Xhaka at left-back, a central midfield player, and Stephan Lichtsteiner at right-back, who has been a good player but is nearly 35 now.
“How many 35-year-olds are there in the Premier League?
“We saw Leicester rip Arsenal to shreds for 30 minutes; they scored, Harry Maguire missed a sitter, they had a stonewall penalty turned down.
“Leicester’s front three aren’t even in the same class as Liverpool’s.
“I just cannot see how Arsenal will live with them.
“People will say ‘oh Arsenal will score goals’, but Liverpool’s defence has been superb. I watched Arsenal win 11 games on the trot, and they could have easily lost four of them, let alone drawn them.”
Speaking in his official Daily Star column, Merson also had his say about Aaron Ramsey.
“I don’t understand what my old club are doing. How can you let a player that good run down his contract like this? It’s a nonsense,” he said.
“It makes no financial sense to lose him on a free so they might as well sell him for whatever they can get now in January.
“If Liverpool want him they might as well do a deal now. He would fit in there and he would help them challenge for the title.
“Manchester City are a much stronger, deeper team than Liverpool at the moment, but Ramsey could help change that.”