‘He can outscore Haaland’ – Paul Merson surprised Chelsea didn’t go for this player

Gabriel Jesus
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Arsenal legend Paul Merson has bemoaned the current state of the Chelsea team ahead of the start of the new season.

Compared to our rivals, Chelsea have been very slow in strengthening their squad, and the game against Arsenal showed that the team wasn’t ready for the new season.

Arsenal legend Paul Merson, has revealed his surprise at how Chelsea didn’t make a move for former Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus.

Paul Merson believes Jesus can score more goals than Erling Haaland, and the football pundit doesn’t seem to have confidence in the Chelsea team ahead of the new season.

“I was at Chelsea vs Arsenal the other day in Florida and Chelsea will have to pull up some trees to catch City and Liverpool,” Merson told the Daily Star.

“It’s plain to see they can’t play a back four. I go a lot and whenever they play it you might as well go home. It’s that extreme.

“I also don’t like Chelsea’s business, it’s been slow and could come back to haunt them. It’s why Thomas Tuchel is getting so frustrated.

“You look at the other side and Arsenal had Gabriel Jesus and you’re scratching your head. How did Arsenal get him?

“The kid is an out-and-out centre-forward, he may even outscore Haaland. He was unbelievable the other day, why didn’t Chelsea have a look?

“When I was walking out of the ground, fans were saying ‘it hasn’t started properly yet, wait until the season starts’ but not what I watched, that was alarming.”