Merson: Arsenal are ‘no different’ under Emery than Wenger

Arsenal legend Paul Merson thinks that his former side are no different under Unai Emery than they were under Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal got off to a difficult start to the season, although they weren’t helped by the Premier League‘s fixture computer, losing to Manchester City and Chelsea in their opening two games.

Their fortunes – in terms of results at least – have since improved, beating West Ham 3-1 and Cardiff 3-2 to get their first points on the board under their new manager.

However, during those games, Emery’s side were carved open time and time again, leaving former striker Paul Merson to say that nothing has really changed apart from the man stood on the sidelines.

“I would say no different at the moment,” Merson told Sky Sports News.

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“I’ve watched Arsenal and if you didn’t know, you would still think Arsene Wenger was the manager.

“I watch Arsenal play and it’s like watching a testimonial or a charity match. The game’s open, no one’s really tackling anybody, it’s like ‘you have a shot, we have a shot’.

“I thought the week before they did well to beat West Ham because I thought when it was 1-1 West Ham were going to be the team that nicked the game.

“So they’ve done well to win that game but there’s got to be a lot of improvement.

“But it will take time, it will take time. Managers don’t just come in and change it like that.

“This has been embedded in these players for a long time, they’ve been at the club a long time some of these players.”

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