Paul Merson accuses Arsene Wenger of 'cheating' Arsenal fans

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Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has laid into Arsene Wenger after the manager failed to bring in an outfield player throughout the summer.

It was expected the Gunners would add a striker to their ranks before the transfer window closed, after it was confirmed they had £200 million to spend and Wenger claimed he was looking for new additions.

But nothing materialised and Petr Cech was left as the only addition at the Emirates as Arsenal spent £10m, less than any other club in the Premier League. 


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Many Arsenal fans have been left seething with Wenger's performance during the transfer window and the Arsenal Supporters' Trust have demanded a full inquiry in their transfer policy.

Merson, who spent 11 years with the Gunners, would be shocked if his former club won the Premier League and can not understand why Arsenal did not attempt a bid for Karim Benzema.

As per the Telegraph, he said: “It cheats the fans. The fans think ‘what are we coming for? We turn up every week, we pay the highest prices and what for? Top four? We might get a day out at Wembley again in the FA Cup.’ Wow-wee.

"Just put in a bid for Benzema. £75m. If Real Madrid turn around and say ‘we’re not selling him’, you can’t argue with that. You’ve put in a bid and if they turn it down or the lad doesn’t want to come, that’s the way it goes. But show something.

"How different is this season going to be for Arsenal? It’s the same team that finished 12 points behind Chelsea last year. Why, this year, will this team finish above Chelsea? With this team and no signings, I’d be absolutely shocked if they won the Premier League.”

Wenger's decision not to sign a centre forward was even more surprising after it was revealed Danny Welbeck would be out for a number of months due to knee surgery. 

The French boss had complained about the lack of quality players available and the fees demanded, but having seen his title rivals splash out this summer surely Wenger had to do something. 

With such a vast amount of money to play with Arsenal had the ability to sign a number of high profile players and the large fees that Wenger spoke about are just part and parcel of modern football.

How will Arsenal do this season? Is another top four finish enough? Have your say below!

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