Should never start for us again: Arsenal fans destroy one player for first-half display v Soton
Arsenal fans were less than impressed by Per Mertesacker for his first-half display in the Premier League on Sunday, and vented on social media.
Fans destroyed the defender for his part in the Saints’ opening goal, and his lack of pace.
The Gunners fell behind to the Saints in the fifth minute as Charlie Austin flicked the ball past Petr Cech, after Mertesacker had given the ball away.
One fan said Arsenal deserved to lose after Wenger started Mertesacker, with another stating the defender should never start a game for the club again.
The defender hasn’t been a regular this season, making only eight appearances across all competitions.
Only three of those eight appearances have been in the league, but the defender has managed to score a rare league goal this season – in Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Watford in October.
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Arsenal went into the game today sixth in the table, knowing a win would move them above bitter rivals Tottenham into fifth.
However, they’ve now got it all to do in the second half.
Here are the best tweets from disgruntled Arsenal fans:
Mertesacker gonna need a walker to stay upright
— Groundhog Football Club, Ltd. (@succa99) December 10, 2017
GET MERTESACKER OFF THE PITCH
— m (@arsenalcnco) December 10, 2017
Mertesacker is a mess right now
— Jay ???????? (@ffsJaay) December 10, 2017
Mertesacker is just an old waste
— TED SPENCER???? (@1mr_mcgradey) December 10, 2017
Why is Wenger this useless? Mertesacker is old and no defender on the bench. What happened to the defenders that played Europe League?
— Sunmo Sydney (@Timi1776) December 10, 2017
Mertesacker should never start a game for us ever again
— AL9 ???????? (@LacazetteEsque) December 10, 2017
How on earth can Mertesacker be starting – he is completely shocking – get wilshere on and forget that poxy 3 at back rubbish #wengerout
— David Garbacz (@david_garbacz) December 10, 2017
If you play with Mertesacker and Ramsey, then you deserve to lose every game.
— Don't mind me (@Donmanini) December 10, 2017
Anyone know WHY Chambers or Holding can't get a game instead of Mertesacker????
— Mr DJ (@ExpatGoonah) December 10, 2017
For how slow Mertesacker is he actually so rarely gets exposed, yet today he’s getting rinsed
— JG (@HighburyJoe) December 10, 2017
Mertesacker asking himself when the last time he made a good match pic.twitter.com/lRV1nrWM38
— Catalin Cercel (@catalin_cercel) December 10, 2017
In other Arsenal news, boss Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on this midfielder for his performances this season.