Live streaming EPL match today Arsenal vs Manchester City 2 March 2018.
Arsenal need to make five signings and replace Petr Cech in major summer overhaul, says Paul Merson
Arsenal have an immediate opportunity to bounce back from their Wembley shocker against Manchester City. Arsene Wenger’s side were well-beaten in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday as City ran riot. The two meet again at the Emirates with the pressure firmly on the beleaguered boss.
A defeat here will surely end any hope of Arsenal making the top four, while City can take another step towards the title.
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Here is all you need to know ahead of the clash.
Paul Merson believes Arsenal need to sign at least five players in the summer as the current squad is ‘not good enough’. The Gunners are currently sixth in the Premier League – ten points below fourth-placed Tottenham – and suffered a 3-0 defeat in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday. Arsene Wenger’s job at the Emirates appears to be on the line with the club set to review his future at the end of the season.
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‘They need a goalkeeper. Petr Cech was great, but he’s not great anymore. They need central defenders. You can always get by with full backs, so they are not high on the agenda. ‘They need two holding midfield players and they need another centre forward. They basically need a whole new spine of the team.
Wenger shows his frustration at questions over future Play Video Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% PlayMute Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 0:00 Fullscreen ‘Without a good, solid spine you are never going to win the Premier League. This is not anything new either. I’ve been saying this every year for the last 10 years.’ Merson added: ‘It’s very simple because the players are not good enough to play for Arsenal Football Club. But whoever brought them in, they are not good enough either.
There now has to be change and for whoever takes it now it was one of the top jobs in world football. It’s not the top job now. ‘With what they need and how far they are behind, it’s going to take three, four, five years to catch back up and nowadays, managers get two or three years tops. Merson believes Arsenal need an upgrade on Petr Cech (Picture: Getty)
‘For me, I just don’t see how any new manager can see a job like that through. The change needed now has just become far too much. ‘The job is now a four-year plan to get back to anywhere near where they once were. It’s a very worrying situation.’ Wenger has been under pressure at Arsenal for a number of years but fresh question marks were raised over his tenure following the defeat to Manchester City at Wembley. Ahead of Thursday’s Premier League clash against City, Pep Guardiola offered his support to Wenger, saying: ‘We accept the opinions of the fans and the people and you feel alone. Guardiola faces second clash against Arsenal in a week Play Video Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% PlayMute Current Time 0:00 / Duration Time 0:00 Fullscreen MORE: FOOTBALL
Manchester City’s Premier League clash at Arsenal is under review because of the weather.
The Blues have travelled to the Emirates for the re-arranged fixture, a repeat of Sunday’s League Cup final.
Though the game is currently scheduled to go ahead, it has been thrown into some doubt, with Storm Emma seeing temperatures plunge below freezing and heavy snowfall blanketing the country.
Arsenal said this morning that, as it stands, the game – which is due to kick off at 7:45pm – is on.
However, a spokesman told the M.E.N officials would be monitoring the situation throughout the day and talking to police, local authorities and City.
They said a decision would be made as early as possible and they would announce it immediately if it did have to be called off to prevent as many wasted journeys as possible.