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Name Paul Merson
Gender Male
Born 1968 03 20
Ethnic xxxx
Job xxxx Footballer
  Football Pundit
Desc If it weren’t for his off-field demons, Paul Merson might have become an even greater player. He was something of a free spirit on the field and capable of producing moments of genuine brilliance


Org xxxx National Team
Club as Player Arsenal FC

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Patrick Vieira] I was lucky enough to play with Vieira and he was top draw. Very tall and gangly but very skilful at the same time – he’d see a pass, could tackle, scored goals. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do, and he was hard as nails as well

2016 02 04 Retrieve

[On Dennis Bergkamp] I honestly didn’t think a professional player could be that good

2016 02 05 Retrieve

[On Dennis Bergkamp] Dennis Bergkamp was the best I played with. He made the people around him look good. He sees everything

2016 02 06 Retrieve

[On Dennis Bergkamp] He’s the best I’ve ever played with by a long, long way. I can’t talk high enough of the bloke – he was absolutely phenomenal. I think he’s the greatest Arsenal player of all time. You talk to Thierry or Ian Wright and they can’t speak highly enough of the man

2016 02 07 Retrieve

[On Dennis Bergkamp] We use the phrase in football ‘he’s got eyes in the back of his head’ – Bergkamp did have eyes in the back of his head. It was scary. [. . .] Dennis saw pictures quicker than anybody

2016 02 08 Retrieve

[Paul Merson on Dennis Bergkamp’s goal vs Newcastle] If anyone meant it, he did, he was that good

2017 04 21 Retrieve

[Merson pays emotional Ehiogu tribute after sudden death of ex-Aston Villa star] To be fair, I’m still devastated. I mean, he was such a top bloke, it was unbelievable. You know what? Billy Joel sings a song about it: only the good die young

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Paul Merson on Arteta] This is a big, big gamble putting someone that has never managed before in charge of a club the size of Arsenal. It’s all well and good saying he’s worked under Pep Guardiola, but let’s be honest, Guardiola would struggle managing this Arsenal team. Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp would struggle

2020 04 20 Retrieve

[Paul Merson says Jack Grealish is a special player. The former Aston Villa play maker believes the highly-rated 24-year-old doesn’t trust those around him at present, but would star in a better team] He’s a special player. He’s the best three or four-yard passer I’ve seen in the game for a long time. People will go ‘three or four-yard passes’, but you watch football when it comes back and see how many people roll the ball to a full-back and they have to take a touch or someone goes on the overlap and they kick it out of touch.

It is always a pitch perfect ball, that three or four-yard ball and for me he is a special player. Very comfortable on the ball, very gifted.

He’s an outstanding player. People look at him at the moment and big clubs are probably thinking ‘can I trust Jack Grealish, has he got a position?’ He keeps going everywhere for the ball, but I think that’s just because he’s at Aston Villa. If he went to a bigger club with better players who are on his wavelength, I think he will play a position. At the moment people are a bit worried because he’s going all over the pitch to get the ball. With better players, he would be able to hold his position and would be a massive asset for any club in the Premier League.

[Grealish is club captain and a talismanic presence for Villa] I do think he tries to take on too much because he doesn’t have trust in the players, that they are good enough, around him. If he was with better players […] I think he doesn’t trust the players and he’s trying to be the school captain at the moment and do everything. He’s keeping the ball too long but with better players, they would demand the ball off him. At Aston Villa, they let him do what he wants because, like the school captain, he can go and beat everybody and we’ll win the game

2020 05 09 Retrieve

[Paul Merson admits Jack Grealish will ‘100 per cent’ head for the exits at Aston Villa if Dean Smith’s side are relegated] I would say 100 per cent. If Villa go down then I think they will get rid of Jack and he will be sold. He’s a Villa man through and through, he loves Aston Villa, but he will have to move on, there is no doubt about that if he wants to better himself. It’s horrible saying that, better yourself, because it’s a great club, but he will have to play in the Premier League. In this day and age, you play in the Premier League if you want to play for England. It’s very rare that you’re not playing in the Premier League or a top European league and you’re playing for England. For me, he would have to be sold

I think it probably helps Jack Grealish. I think Jack Grealish was probably a 30-70 or 35-65 against him to go, so one more good season this year […] I think he will move on and I think it will help him. But football’s a funny game. You look at players that were flying along and they were young lads, but all of a sudden they could lose form. It’s swings and roundabouts, but it’s great news for [Marcus] Rashford and [Harry] Kane, there is no doubt about that because the last thing you want to do is go to a competition and you’re not fully fit, when you’re playing against the crème de la crème of European football