Former-Arsenal man Paul Merson has claimed that Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere should ‘ask themselves some serious questions’ despite Arsene Wenger admitting that talks with Wilshere will open over a new contract.
Arsenal were held to a hugely disappointing draw by struggling West Ham in the week which followed a 1-1 tie with Southampton, with both games showcasing just how toothless the Gunners can be when they are at their worst.
The draws have seen Arsenal slip down to seventh in the league with 30 points, a point behind Burnley, Liverpool and Tottenham, with all four clubs vying for the last Champions League spot. The competition for a place in Europe’s premier competition has always been very tight, and it proved too much for Arsenal last season, and perhaps it might do the same this campaign too.
In order to improve the side further, Arsenal must be looking to the transfer market in January as they need to strengthen key areas in the team. However, former-Arsenal player Paul Merson has encouraged both Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere to leave the club.
He told Sky Sports News: “This lad was put out on loan for a year, this is the thing with Arsenal. You’ve got Theo Walcott, they gave him a new contract, but he don’t play”.
“I don’t know if Arsene Wenger doesn’t like change and doesn’t like bringing in other players that he doesn’t know but it seems to be he’s more comfortable with the players he knows. These players need to ask themselves some serious questions. Do they want to just be a bit-part player? They’re at a great club but they have to play football”.
“I think it’s laughable from Arsenal to offer him a new contract when they haven’t even played him. The players that play in front of him at the moment are laughable. He must sit there and think ‘how do I not play for Arsenal Football Club with the players that are there?”
Merson is clearly very disappointed with the way the club have handled transfers recently with both players having signed or on the cusp of signing contracts despite rarely playing