Paul Merson gives his verdict on what Edu needs to do in the transfer window to help Arsenal compete

Paul Merson believes Arsenal will need to buy ‘experienced’ players in the next window if they want to compete in the future.

The Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League in the 21/22 season when they narrowly missed out on Champions League football against north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Although fifth place is a decent achievement with such a young squad, Mikel Arteta would have been disappointed with the Gunners’ season-ending finish as they lost crucial games to Spurs and Newcastle in the race for the top 4.

Edu and co will look to add talent to the roster in the coming months as they look to solve Arteta’s roster depth issue once and for all. However, Merson believes the players they bring in need to have experience at the highest level to add something to an otherwise inexperienced squad.

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“The next few players Arsenal buy, I think, have to be seasoned professionals, ideally 28 or 29 years old. They need experience on the team. They have a truckload of promising young players, but they froze when it mattered. They did you.” I need to get some experience on the team,” he wrote in his Daily Star column.

“Gabriel Jesus would fit well. He’s only 25 but he meets the requirements because he scores goals, Arteta knows him and he has experience of winning trophies with Manchester City. It’s okay to have young players, but the problem is they will be in a minute.” up and the next minute they’re down low.

“They can’t play well every week. It’s impossible. That comes with age. So they need help. And Arsenal don’t have the quality, the experienced leaders to do that. This is a tough league – and they get it .” The teams tell the players to get Bukayo Saka now because they know he’s a big danger man.

“It’s about getting through those tough 20 minutes in games at places like Newcastle where you have to get a result. You learn that as you get older.”

Merson went on to explain that Arteta’s current star crop would only get better with time, but he insisted the Gunners could have a good season next year with the experience.

“That’s the most important thing in this next window – bringing in experience,” he added. “It’s her biggest window in a long time, if I’m being honest. You got it so wrong in January. I don’t know anyone who thinks that was a success.

“The season was disappointing because they hit above their weight. You started with three losses in a row, remember. But if they get it right this time, I think they’re going to have a good season, I really do. The children will be one year older. They should have a stronger side if they buy well.”

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