Date: 5th September 2018 at 4:30pm
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Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson says he doesn’t see many differences between Unai Emery’s side and Arsene Wenger’s team last season.

Speaking on The Debate (quotes via the Sun), the former Arsenal midfielder said he is struggling to see the progress so far under the Spanish manager:

“I’ve watched Arsenal and if you didn’t know, you would still think Arsene Wenger was the manager. I watch Arsenal play and it’s like watching a testimonial or a charity match. The game’s open, no one’s really tackling anybody, it’s like, ‘you have a shot, we have a shot’.”

Fans on Twitter mostly disagreed with Merson:

While a few thought he had a point:

It’s too early to judge Emery on his time at the Gunners. He’s barely been in the job a few months, and it will take a lot of time on the training field to get players used to what he wants.

The adaptation process will take time, and there have been some small yet noticeable changes, including the attacking philosophy and the work rate of some players.

Yet, there is still a lot of work to do. The defence has certainly not improved since last campaign, while it’s hard to gauge how resilient this team is over a course of the season, despite promising signs versus Chelsea and Cardiff.