INCONSISTENT Arsenal have been likened to a ‘bag of Revels’ by former player Paul Merson.
The Gunners are a dark-horse for a top-four spot this season, despite their woeful start to the campaign.
Paul Merson has compared the 2021-22 Arsenal squad to a ‘bag of Revels’ such is their inconsistencyCredit: EPA
Mikel Arteta‘s side have been thumping teams left, right and centre in recent weeks – but still struggle against the big boys.
And Merson reckons Arsenal must accept the mantle of ‘flat-track bullies’ and press on for a top-four spot.
Hilariously, the Highbury legend even compared the current crop to a ‘bag of Revels’ – famous for their hidden, assorted centres.
Merson told Sportskeeda: “Arsenal have been playing very well this month – they’re bright all over the pitch.
“They’re flat-track bullies at the moment, and I have no problem with that.
“Arsenal are better than a lot of the other teams in the Premier League, but they struggle against the big three.
“They’re a bag of Revels – you don’t know what you’re going to get.”
Merson continued by admitting his worry over Eddie Nketiah.
The striker was was excellent midweek – scoring a hat-trick against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup – but Merson believes he is unlikely to start the Boxing Day clash against Norwich.
Alexandre Lacazette and Gabriel Martinelli have forged a superb partnership in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s absence.
And Merson reckons Arteta won’t ‘tamper with a winning formula’.
The pundit said: “Nketiah laid down a marker in the Carabao Cup, but I don’t think Arteta’s going to tamper with a winning formula this week.
“Lacazette, Martinelli and [Bukayo] Saka have been impressive for Arsenal and will lead the line against Norwich.”
On the game itself, Merson concluded: “Arsenal have been winning as a result of their desire, and if they can overcome their inconsistency, a top-four finish is within reach.
“Norwich have been causing a few problems recently but Arsenal should be able to blow them away with ease.”
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