Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to admit just how impressed they were by Newcastle midfielder Mikel Merino during Saturday’s game at the Emirates – with some even suggesting they’d like to see him join the North London side.
It may have been another defeat – our eighth in our last 9 – however it was a much improved display. It was a dogged display and Spanish maestro Mikel Merino was back to his best.
He was combative, composed and clever on the ball, and was perhaps the most impressive midfielder on the pitch that day.
It seemed Arsenal fans agreed too. Here’s what their supporters had to say about the Spaniard after the game:
Im goin to tell you all something now….Mikel Merino is what we need in midfield. Boy is pure class.
Been watching him all season…today he was superb again.
— VV (@Vintage_DRL) December 16, 2017
If there's one Newcastle player I'd take at Arsenal, it's not Lascelles. It's Mikel Merino.
— ?Dean – CloudSportsFootball? (@ArsenalNexus) December 16, 2017
Mikel Merino >> Xhaka and it's just facts.
— Uncle Mxke (@TheeStarFire) December 16, 2017
Mikel Merino the best left footed midfielder playing at the Emirates today. Isaac Hayden the best Arsenal academy graduate.
— Oscar (@Reunewal) December 16, 2017
Mikel Merino masterclass,watch.
— mwazani (@rialeallen) December 16, 2017
I must say, he really was superb. The best performer in black and white in an improved all round display from the side.
He’s been rusty since returning from injury, but this was the real Mikel Merino. He broke up the play, drew several fouls, took players on and got his head up to try and drive us forward. He has the confidence and composure our midfield often lacks, but is by no means a luxury player, fighting for every ball and running himself into the ground.
No wonder Arsenal fans have been left impressed.