Despite the progress at Arsenal, Merson still cannot see his former club finishing in the top four this season, with Liverpool hoping to defend their title amid competition from the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United.
‘I’ve liked what I’ve seen from Arteta, you can see what he’s trying to achieve and what direction Arsenal are heading in,’ Merson told Sky Sports.
‘There is a plan, players are being sent out on the pitch with clear instruction and they know what they are doing.
‘You don’t beat Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea by luck. Towards the end of last season they had a game plan and executed it well, the challenge for Arsenal now is to stick to…