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Arsenal news: Paul Merson blasts ‘deluded’ Arsene Wenger over Premier League claim

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Arsene Wenger has just one more match in charge of Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Paul Merson has labelled Arsene Wenger ‘deluded’ after the outgoing Arsenal manager talked up the club’s Premier League chances for next season.

A few days after his departure from the Emirates was confirmed, Wenger said the Gunners could compete for the title next year with ‘two or three’ signings this summer.

‘I want to say this team has quality,’ the 68-year-old said. ‘I’m convinced in the future with two or three additions this team can fight for the championship.’

But responding to Wenger’s claim, Merson said in a column for the Daily Star: ‘Arsenal don’t have a clue who should replace Arsene Wenger and the outgoing boss is deluded if he thinks they can challenge next season.

‘The board have had 22 years of never having to make decisions because Wenger did everything for them. Now he’s out they have no idea what to do.

‘I found the whole Wenger farewell at the Emirates last weekend strange. He deserves to bow out with Arsenal remembering the good times.

‘But he hardly acknowledged the fans during the guard of honour at the start and he said some strange things in his speech afterwards.

‘I think he’s hurting. I think he’s devastated at being forced out. I mean, to say he thinks they are two or three players away from a title challenge? Yeah. Ok, Arsene. Sure.

‘That’s why they let you go, isn’t it…

‘They would have to be two or three absolutely world-class players for Arsenal to challenge for the title because they are a million miles away from Manchester City right now.

Paul Merson says the outgoing Arsenal boss is ‘deluded’ (Picture: Getty)

‘There are holes all over the place.’

Arsenal have failed to finish in the top four for the last two seasons and this prompted the board to force Wenger out.

The Frenchman was given an emotional farewell at the Emirates last week – his final game in charge of the club will be against Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

On his farewell, Wenger said this week: ‘I enjoyed some aspects of it, yes – and not all.

‘It was not always easy to cut slowly with what you do everyday and always you want to do it as well as you can and you don’t want to forget to thank people who deserve it.

‘There are some people here who I employed 20 years ago who did fight for me every single day so it is not easy to say goodbye.’

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