Paul Merson has hit the nail on the head as he compared Troy Deeney appealing his red card against Arsenal with the situation regarding Wayne Hennessey and the picture that nearly got him in trouble.
Once upon a time, Paul Merson was a wonderful footballer for Arsenal, winning the football league twice with the Gunners, before helping Portsmouth win promotion to the Premier League for the first time later in his career.
These days the 51-year-old is best known for being a bit of a comedy character on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday, describing games even though he’s no idea which player actually did the thing he’s describing or being unable to say their names.
Along with that, there’s every chance that ‘Merse’ is spewing out some daft opinion or other about the recent events in football.
When it comes to draft nothing is dafter than Wayne Hennessey recently being let off by the FA for the controversial picture where it looked like he was doing a Nazi salute. The Palace keeper denied that saying he didn’t even know what a Nazi salute was, much to the surprise of everyone.
On Saturday Merson was talking about Troy Deeney’s red card against Arsenal last week and claimed that if Hennessey could avoid punishment then Watford might as well appeal too, saying:
“You might as well appeal it. You might as well is you’re not getting an extra game.
“If that lad [Hennessey] is going in saying he doesn’t know who Hitler is, then you’ve got every chance.
“He could’ve said ‘I’ve tickled him’. If he was in after him, he could have got away with that”.
Deeney picked up a three-game ban for violent conduct after he was adjudged to have elbowed Lucas Torreira in the head just 10 minutes into the match.
The Arsenal fans were mostly happy with the incident because of the Watford captain’s famous line about the north Londoners having ‘no cojones,’ since that interview the striker has had a penalty saved and been sent off in the games between them.