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‘Which other manager could?’: Paul Merson shocked by ‘incredible’ thing Arteta did at Arsenal in July

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‘Which other manager could?’: Paul Merson shocked by ‘incredible’ thing Arteta did at Arsenal in July

Paul Merson commended Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta for signing world-class players Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko this summer.

The Gunners were disappointed that they were unable to recruit Douglas Luiz on the final day of the transfer window, but the business they accomplished in July has completely transformed them.

This summer, Arteta and Edu Gaspar made Gabriel Jesus their first objective and secured a deal with Manchester City. 

The Brazilian joined the Gunners during the first week of July and has been phenomenal for them.

Two weeks following the arrival of Jesus, Arsenal returned to City and signed Zinchenko. 

Merson is astounded by Arteta’s ability to persuade the two individuals to join the Gunners, as the Ukrainian has also performed admirably.

Paul Merson praises Arteta for luring Jesus and Zinchenko to Arsenal despite the absence of Champions League competition

Merson praised Arteta in his Daily Star piece for persuading Jesus and Zicnhenko to leave the best club in the country for a team that isn’t even in the Champions League.

He wrote: “Big credit to Arteta. Like Erik ten Hag at United, the Spaniard is very strong on discipline. I’m a fan of that. Every successful team needs discipline – on and off the field.

“Both managers are doing it their way and that’s the only way – because if they stop following their beliefs, they’ll regret it when it does go wrong.

“That’s why even if the top four – which must be the aim for Arsenal – proves just beyond them, I’d expect the board to go with Arteta again. After all, which other manager could attract the quality of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko to North London…without Champions League football.

“It’s incredible he got that world-class pair to sign for us – and what a difference they’re making.”

‘Which other manager could?’: Paul Merson shocked by ‘incredible’ thing Arteta did at Arsenal in July

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