Arsenal transfer news: Paul Merson would be 'absolutely shocked' if Gunners win the Premier League this season

Merson says transfer policy is 'cheating the fans'

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Paul Merson says he would be "absolutely shocked" if Arsenal won the Premier League this season, as the club did not strengthen enough during the summer transfer window.

Albeit a solid addition, only Petr Cech came in from Chelsea and Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger has come in for much criticism from  supporters of the club for the lack of activity.

Gunners legend Merson says the inactivity "cheats fans" who pay to watch the team every week.

"It cheats the fans," Merson told Sky Sports News HQ. "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.

"There's a saying in life: Keep on doing the things you do and you'll get the same results. 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?


"I can tell you now, there will be a phase this season when they'll be unbelievable, win seven on the trot and play the best football you've ever seen. But at the end of the season, with this team and no signings, I'd be absolutely shocked if they won the Premier League."