Arsenal lost 3-0 to Manchester City on Sunday night at the Emirates – heaping pressure on Freddie Ljungberg.
Arsenal would be taking a ‘big gamble’ by appointing Mikel Arteta as their new manager, according to club hero Paul Merson, who believes that the Gunners’ loss to Manchester City on Sunday in the Premier League was ‘embarrassing’ to watch.
Arsenal have been in dire straits all season and their hopes of finishing in the top four at the end of the campaign are greatly diminishing with each game that comes.
On Sunday, two Kevin De Bruyne goals and a Raheem Sterling finish were enough to hand Arsenal another loss this season.
The club sacked Unai Emery over two weeks ago after a winless run of eight games under the former Sevilla coach.
Ljungberg was brought in but he’s won just one game from four in that time.
Reports on Monday suggested that Arsenal had met with Arteta, who is Pep Guardiola’s assistant at City, about the permanent job, but Merson believe the Spaniard isn’t a risk worth taking.
“This is a big, big gamble putting someone that has never managed before in charge of a club the size of Arsenal,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s all well and good saying he’s worked under Pep Guardiola, but let’s be honest, Guardiola would struggle managing this Arsenal team. Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp would struggle!
“You’re only as good as your players at the end of the day and the idea of Arteta replicating Guardiola’s style of football at the Emirates just falls apart when you look at the players he’ll be working with.”
Merson went on to call Arsenal’s performance against City ’embarrassing and cringe-worthy’.
“I felt sorry for the Arsenal players on Sunday because they are not good enough to play for the club,” he added.
“They are playing for a top, top club but they are mid-table or even lower-league players that they are expected to win football matches week in, week out.
“It’s not as if Arsenal are underachieving, they’re just not good enough. Sunday’s defeat to Manchester City was embarrassing, cringe-worthy even.
“I cannot think of a single player Guardiola would take out of this Arsenal team.
“I’ve got nothing against Arteta, he was a top player and is a top bloke – I’ve been in his company and he is lovely.
“For a coach in his position, he cannot not take the job. After all, getting into management is all about timing.”