Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has had his say on Romelu Lukaku facing Gunners defenders in the game against Chelsea this weekend.
Mikel Arteta’s men were woeful on the opening day against Brentford, especially in the first half. We looked like the newly-promoted side on the night, and the Bees fully deserved their victory.
Things don’t get easy for Arsenal. We face Chelsea and Manchester City next and the former may just prove to be the tougher test for us, especially due to Lukaku’s arrival from Inter Milan for a staggering £97.5 million. (Guardian)
Merson: Lukaku is the last player Arsenal want to play against
Ivan Toney dominated Arsenal’s backline on Friday. The Brentford star tested Pablo Mari and Ben White throughout the game, and it is safe to say, he won that battle quite comfortably.
If Toney, who played his first-ever Premier League game on Friday, could do that, imagine what a world-class striker like Lukaku will do. Merson, like many of us, is not looking forward to that battle on Sunday.
He said on Sky Sports (Saturday, 12:15 pm): “You think when Lukaku plays against them? My God! You know what I mean. He is the last person you want to play against if you are Arsenal, the last person.”
How can Arsenal contain Lukaku?
Thomas Tuchel revealed on Chelsea’s official website that he expects the Belgian to be available for the game against Arsenal. He also hinted that he may even deploy two strikers up top, which will complicate things for the Gunners.
We already saw Arsenal’s struggles facing two strikers against Brentford, and if Mikel Arteta doesn’t change anything, it will be a lot worse against the Blues.
With Pablo Mari really struggling for form, it won’t be a bad decision to replace him with someone like Rob Holding. Arteta should also consider deploying a back-three to outnumber Lukaku, which is arguably our safest bet going into the game on Sunday.
It will be interesting to see what Arteta does, but the one thing he cannot do is not change anything from our opening game.