Arsenal legend Paul Merson has criticized Mikel Arteta for making Jorginho his debut in the 1-0 loss to Everton last weekend.
The Italy international joined from Chelsea in January on an 18-month contract with the option to extend for a further year.
The signing has received a mixed response from Arsenal fans. And some were harshly critical of him for his debut at Goodison Park last week.
However, Merson is of the view that Arteta should not feature the forward against Sean Dyche’s side, saying: “I’ve said it before – you’re on the losing side. It’s about how you react after you lose.
“If Arsenal beat Everton last week They would have won the Premier League already. They’d be eight points ahead of the pack with less than one game.”
“Everton has a lot of energy. And the other day I felt sorry for Jorginho, I didn’t think it was the right time to bring him on the pitch.
Arsenal next game is against Brentford at the Emirates Stadium tonight, with their opponents showing unbeaten form in their last nine league games. win, the Gunners are 8 points clear of second-placed Manchester City.