Paul Merson reveals where he expects Arsenal to finish

Paul Merson is tipping Arsenal to finish in sixth place in the Premier League table this season

By George Hallam
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Paul Merson has said he thinks a sixth-place finish would be a satisfactory result for Unai Emery’s first season in charge of Arsenal FC.

Merson also said that finishing higher than that would be an exceptional result as the side try and go toe-to-toe with the monolithic spending power of the other members of the ‘Big Six’.

Arsenal failed to win their opening two fixtures of the season, but back-to-back results have seen fears abated and Merson believes they can go on to meet expectations.

He told talkSPORT: “I think sixth. If they come fifth I think they would have had a right result – I think that would be brilliant.”

Emery faces a tough challenge this season after he replaced Arsene Wenger this summer who spent 22 years at the club.

Wenger won three Premier Leagues and seven FA Cups during his time with the Gunners, but the latter stages of his regime were marred with disappointing results and, as a result, fan unrest.

Emery is tasked to restoring Arsenal FC to their former glory, but with the spending power of the other ‘Big Six’ sides means patience with the new boss will be key if Arsenal FC are to go on to meet their aspirations.

Merson’s expectations for his former club are most probably realistic given the current spending climate as Emery begins his long task of remoulding the Gunners into a winning side.

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