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Paul Merson was ‘NOT HAPPY’ with what Arsenal star did to Pepe on Tuesday night

Merson was frustrated with what one Arsenal player did to Pepe that resulted to the cancellation of Martin Odegaard’s goal.

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Sky Sports Pundit, Paul Merson was not happy with what one Arsenal star did to FC Porto defender Pepe during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match on Tuesday night.

55-year-old Merson expressed frustration and criticised Kai Havertz after reviewing footage of his involvement in Martin Odegaard’s disallowed goal.

Initially, Merson believed Odegaard’s attempt was fair, but upon closer inspection, he noticed Havertz pulling on the shirt of Porto’s Pepe. Merson commented, “Let’s see. No, it’s not a foul. That’s a goal. Pepe gets caught here. Oh, maybe he’s pulled his shirt. Oh seriously, why would you pull his shirt? He’s pulled his shirt but it’s not much.”

Although Havertz showed impressive pressing against Pepe, his shirt pull before Odegaard’s arrival frustrated Merson but all that will be forgotten quickly after David Raya’s penalty-shootout heroics to seal a 4-2 victory against Porto.

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David Raya was the hero, saving two spot-kicks as Arsenal beat Porto 4-2 on penalties to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals after their last-16 tie ended 1-1 on aggregate.

David Raya

David Raya saved two penalty kicks against FC Porto (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Leandro Trossard, in for the injured Gabriel Martinelli on the left-hand side of Arsenal’s attack, levelled the tie up after the scoring four minutes before half-time with a low finish into the far corner after being found by Martin Odegaard’s delicious, disguised pass.

In Merson’s view, Havertz had appeared lethargic during his time at Chelsea but has been transformed by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta into a more determined and effective player.

Havertz’s energetic performance, along with his intelligent movement and ability to link up with teammates like Bukayo Saka, has made him a valuable asset for Arsenal. Despite initial doubts about his move to the Emirates from Chelsea, Havertz is now becoming a key player for the team.

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