Merson encouraged by Arsenal top-four chances – but warns ‘no excuses’ after spending


aul Merson has warned Arsenal there will be “no excuses” after splashing the cash on at least two big signings this summer.

Gabriel Jesus has joined Fabio Vieira in signing for the Gunners in deals worth a combined £79million as Mikel Arteta’s team chase a place in the Champions League.

That will be the goal for ex-Arsenal star Merson after he revealed conversations with technical director Edu over further arrivals at the club.

“They are looking good,” he told Sky Sports.

“I saw Edu on Sunday and we had a little chat and I think they’ve bought well. They’re trying to get a couple more players in and I think they could have a good season, Arsenal.

“I think try and get in the top four, and then you know small steps. But I think top four would definitely be the aim this season. I think they bought well.

“They’ve got young players in the team that have got another season under their belt so I don’t think there are too many excuses at Arsenal now there’s a good little team there.

“I can’t say [which targets Edu was talking to me about]. He was talking to me in confidence. We were at Elton John’s!”

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