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Paul Merson believes that Marcelo Bielsa’s reluctance to adapt is reminiscent of Arsene Wenger’s later years where his refusal to deviate from his principles cost him dearly. Leeds has been a shadow of themselves from last season where they finished in the top half of the season. Although they have been missing key players especially striker Patrick Bamford, quite a few teams have figured them out. Manchester City beat them 7-0 at the Etihad before Arsenal steamrolled them 4-1 in their own backyard.

“Marcelo Bielsa’s insistence at playing the same way is reminding me a lot of Arsene Wenger’s later years at Arsenal.” Paul Merson said about Marcelo Bielsa’s reluctance to adapt. “I remember covering Manchester United versus Arsenal in 2011. Arsenal turned up at Old Trafford with a weakened team, we all said in the Super Sunday studio that Wenger needed to change things and that he couldn’t go out and play as if all his big players were on the pitch.”

“What did Wenger do? He went out, played the same, and Arsenal got beaten 8-2, I’ll never forget it. This is exactly what I am seeing of Bielsa at Leeds United now.” he added. “They went to Manchester City with no players, they played exactly the same way as they usually do, and it was embarrassing, I felt for the players. The manager has got to have another game plan to fall back on when needs must. Leeds have been absolutely shredded in the absence of some key players, but the manager has to change things around.”

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