Paul Merson thinks Man Utd should’ve signed new Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey this summer.
The Gunners signed Partey after they paid the midfielder’s reported £45million release clause with a little more than half an hour remaining on transfer deadline day.
The 27-year-old Ghanaian has represented the LaLiga club 188 times, helping them win the Europa League and Super Cup two years ago, but has now made the move to the Emirates Stadium on a long-term deal.
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Man Utd have had a poor start to the Premier League season and Merson thinks they could’ve done with a signing like Partey.
Merson wrote in the Daily Star: “I like where Arsenal are going on the pitch. Mikel Arteta is doing really well. And Partey is an unbelievable signing.
“I don’t know why Manchester United or even Manchester City didn’t go for him. He’s better than what they’ve got.
“But off the pitch, I don’t like what is happening at Arsenal at all sometimes. It’s not the club I remember.”
Jerry Quy, who has portrayed Gunnersaurus for the past 27 years, was made redundant as part of the job-cutting scheme implemented by Arsenal in the summer.
And Merson added: “It would have been so easy to keep Jerry Quy on. But the just went: ‘Let’s save ourselves a tuppence.’ Because that’s all it is at the end of the day.
“The guy’s been an Arsenal fan all his life. He’s one of their own. He’s worn the suit since day one.
“To tell him you don’t need him and he’s out, just like that, it isn’t right in my opinion.
“They’ve made all these low-paid people redundant and asked the players to take a pay cut but they’re still spending big money, aren’t they?
“I hope they bring him back like they say they will because they never should have done this in the first place. It’s wrong.”