Paul Merson tells Arsenal to sign three players – including Manchester City defender John Stones

first_img Arsenal v Man City: Pep Guardiola press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:24FullscreenArsenal v Man City: Pep Guardiola press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-man-city-pep-guardiola-press-conference-2212652/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘If you look at the quality of City versus Liverpool and the North London Derby, it’s chalk and cheese really.‘And with the squad City have, they have to be favourites to win the FA Cup. If they’re in trouble they can bring on five top class subs!’Manchester City go into the FA Cup semi-final having won their last three Premier League matches and 22 points above Arsenal in the table.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mikel Arteta responds to Arsenal legend’s on Arsenal transfer chief EduMORE: Saliba sends farewell message to Saint-Etienne before joining Arsenal Paul Merson tells Arsenal to sign three players – including Manchester City defender John Stones Paul Merson says Arsenal still need to sign three new players (Picture: Sky Sports)Paul Merson believes Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta needs to sign at least three players this summer – and says Manchester City defender John Stones would be a welcome addition.The Gunners have endured another turbulent season, with the club only winning 13 of their 36 Premier League fixtures under first Unai Emery and more recently Arteta.Arsenal are currently ninth in the table – nine points behind fourth-placed Leicester City – although could boost their season by winning the FA Cup and face Man City in the semi-finals on Saturday evening.Merson is concerned about the quality of Arteta’s squad and says Arsenal need to sign a centre-back, central midfielder and striker this summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd the Gunners legend has endorsed Arsenal’s pursuit of City and England defender Stones, who has been linked with a move to the Emirates recently.‘Arsenal need a centre-back, a central midfielder and another striker. The whole spine of the team really,’ Merson told Starsport.‘And I think he might go for John Stones at Manchester City. Pep Guardiola doesn’t seem to trust him, and Arteta has worked with him before. Advertisement Commentcenter_img The Gunners have been linked with a move for Manchester City defender John Stones (Picture: Getty)‘Arsenal need an out and out defender, not another David Luiz who knows how to play the ball out from the back but makes a lot of mistakes.‘But Stones is English, young enough to improve, and Arteta will know all about him and know he fits into the system.’Looking ahead to Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, Merson added: ‘I expect City to win.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Arsenal have a chance because it’s a one-off game and anything can happen. If they defend like they did against Liverpool it could get interesting.‘But that’s the thing with Arsenal, you can’t rely on them to play with any consistency and they would have to get massively lucky to get to the final.‘Arteta said himself the gap to the top two is enormous and he’s dead right. Arsenal are a million miles away. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Jul 2020 9:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link238Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Klopp follows Shankly’s lead to make Liverpool dreams come true

first_img Loading… Read Also: Video: Ramos fires home wonder free kick against Real Mallorca“I will never compare with this fella,” insisted Klopp after breaking another of Shankly’s records with a 22nd consecutive home league win just before lockdown.Yet, even for a great orator, Klopp’s actions speak louder than words.By finally bringing the Premier League title to Anfield, Klopp has followed in Shankly’s footsteps into Liverpool folklore.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Jurgen Klopp’s legendary status at Anfield was secured on Thursday as he became the first Liverpool manager to win a league title in 30 years. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp On Klopp’s first day in charge at Anfield five years ago he addressed players, staff and supporters, telling them: “If somebody wants to help LFC, you have to change from doubter to believer.” Confidence was not high on Merseyside at the time. Klopp arrived with Liverpool 10th in the Premier League table after finishing a lowly sixth the season before. The German’s force of personality, charisma and coaching nous soon began a transformation that had been seen at Liverpool many years ago under Bill Shankly.Advertisement Bill Shankly transformed Liverpool from sleeping giants into the dominant force in English footballThe Reds had been in the second division for five years prior to his arrival. By the time the Scot stood aside in 1974, he had won three First Division titles and built the platform for his successor Bob Paisley to win three European Cups.“Jurgen is more like Bill Shankly,” said former Liverpool captain Graeme Souness, who was part of Paisley’s side. “A great communicator, a showman and the leader of the pack.“He is a great fit for Liverpool because he feels the emotion of the place.“Liverpool is an extremely emotional football club, with its history, its tragedies. You get that emotion when you go to Anfield and hear ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.”Klopp’s ability to communicate and lead by example has been even more valuable in the difficult circumstances surrounding the Reds’ long wait to get over the line.Liverpool were champions-elect long before the season was shut down in March for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.Klopp admitted last week he had been concerned by threats to “null and void” the campaign, but always struck a measured tone, saying that if stopping the season “helps one individual stay healthy, we do it no questions asked”.“Throughout the pandemic, he didn’t ever say anything that crossed the line,” said another former Liverpool captain, Jamie Carragher. “He always nails what needs to be said and how people are feeling.”– Heartbreak on the journey –The construction of a title-winning side has been five years in the making.Klopp’s ways took time to be accepted. After a 2-2 draw at home to West Brom in December 2015, many questioned the wisdom of leading his players to join arm-in-arm in front of the Kop to celebrate a late equaliser.There was plenty of heartbreak along the way too. Finals in the League Cup, Europa League and Champions League were lost.Last season was one of a number of near misses over the past three decades as a club-record 97 points was still not enough to wrest the title from Manchester City.Yet, in contrast to other fine managers who came close to the title at Anfield such as Rafael Benitez and Brendan Rodgers, Klopp has turned that pain into glory.Jurgen Klopp lifts the Champions League trophyKlopp delivered on his word to win a major trophy within his first four years in charge by winning Liverpool’s sixth European Cup last season – a feat even Shankly never managed. Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has developed into one of the world’s finest full-backs under Klopp’s watch, summarised his manager’s impact at Anfield. “To change the whole club, to change everyone from doubters to believers, to get everybody thinking the same way, believing the same way and having the same dreams,” he said. “He just embodies the whole club. Even without being from the city, the country and being local, he just clicks with the club. He does it with every person – the fans, the staff and the players.” Shankly took the reigns at Anfield in 1959, with Liverpool mired in trouble.last_img read more