Everton Should Have Offered £40m For Arsenal Powerhouse – Insists Paul Merson

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Former Arsenal midfielder turned pundit Paul Merson suggested that Everton should have splashed the money for Olivier Giroud this summer.

The Merseyside Reds started their Europe League campaign losing 3-0 to Italian side Atalanta.

Ronald Koeman has spent around £140million on new signings this summer, however, his side failed to beat the Serie A side, while they are also struggling in the Premier League having won only one game thus far.

Forwards Sandro Ramirez, Waynee Rooney and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have only scored just three goals this season failing to reduce the gap that has been left after the departure of Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgium international scored 26 goals last season and it’s unlikely to see Sandro or Rooney to reach the same amount of goals.

And Merson reckons the Toffees should’ve focused all their attention to sign a replacement for Belgian forward and named Olivier Giroud as a perfect fit for Roland Koeman’s side.

When asked about replacing Romelu Lukaku, Merson said on Sky Sports’ The Debate: “One you wouldn’t have been able to do that, but you had to have a go.

“Even if you ring up Arsenal and say here’s £35-40million for Giroud. It might be a couple of quid overprice, but he would get you 15 goals.

“It’s a nice tight pitch at Goodison Park, he’d have played inside the lines, wouldn’t have had to run the channels – and you’ve got people like Sigurdsson who can put the ball on a sixpence at setplays.

“I don’t see how he wouldn’t have got 15 goals. But to go with Sandro and the other lad (Vlasic) – would they get 15 between them this season?”