Merson slams "atrocious, nightmare" Arsenal duo ahead of Tottenham clash

Paul Merson has laid into a couple of Arsenal's underperforming players ahead of the north London derby on Sunday.

The Gunners head into the weekend in 14th place in the Premier League table, in stark contrast to rivals Spurs, who are top.

Merson says the blame for such a lowly spot in the league can be laid at the feet of some of Mikel Arteta's senior stars, including his captain.

"Mikel Arteta is struggling because his go-to players haven’t turned up this season and that is a big, big problem," Merson wrote in his Daily Star column.

"I don’t see how my old club can beat Tottenham this weekend. They are too predictable and getting nothing from their stars.

"Willian has not got going at all, and is having a real nightmare. And Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been atrocious.

"What does he bring to the party? Absolutely nothing at the moment. You need big performances from your big players when things aren’t going well. Arsenal aren’t getting that. That’s a dangerous thing.

"Has Aubameyang relaxed too much after signing his contract? Only he can answer that. But he’s not earning his money."

Merson added that Arteta's gameplan could also use some work.

"I don’t even think they have a plan to get players like Aubameyang and Willian on the ball. They hardly touch it in some games," he added.

"If you touch the ball 80 times in a game, you are going to do at least 10 good things.

"‘But I watch him in the Premier League and at the moment, Aubameyang is doing absolutely nothing at all."

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