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Paul Merson rants about Arsenal players when asked about Philippe Coutinho

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The opening weekend of the Premier League has been absolutely incredible so far.

Arsenal got proceedings underway with an electrifying 4-3 win over Leicester, before Watford and Liverpool put on a six-goal thriller at Vicarage Road.

Next, came the small matter of Burnley upsetting champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.


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Amidst all that action on the pitch, the transfer window is still rumbling on in the background.

Many fans and indeed managers feel the summer's business should end before the season starts. It's a distraction and ultimately, it doesn't benefit anyone to have deals unresolved two weeks into the new campaign.

For example, Philippe Coutinho's future is the big talking point after the Liverpool playmaker handed in a transfer request. It remains to be seen whether Barcelona will be able to sign the Brazilian, but his forcing the issue has divided opinion.

If the 25-year-old was so set on leaving, perhaps he shouldn't have signed a new deal in January.

However, one man who thinks more players should be showing some ambition is Paul Merson.

Yes, the Soccer Saturday pundit doesn't have the best track record for making predictions or pronouncing names.

Merson slams complacent Arsenal players 

He has made an interesting point about Arsenal, though, insisting some of their players should be trying to leave - particularly those who aren't playing.

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“They’re all happy,” Merson said on Sky Sports, via the Express.

“You say about keeping them happy, they’re not fussed, you never see any of them wanting to leave.

Walcott should follow suit

“If I was [Theo] Walcott I would be doing what Coutinho is doing now and saying ‘I want a transfer, I’m not playing, I want to play football’.

“But they don’t do they, they just sit there, it’s nice isn’t it, it’s just lovely. It is, it’s nice, they’re loved."

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Olivier Giroud once again proved his worth by scoring the winner against Leicester, but with Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck ahead of him in the pecking order, it's highly unlikely he'll be a regular starter this season.

“I feel sorry for Giroud because he is France’s centre-forward and the problem will be if he doesn’t play this season, will he go to the World Cup?" Merson added.

Several Arsenal players have been told they are free to leave if another club comes in for them in the next two weeks.

What do you make of Merson's comments? Have your say in the comments. 

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