'Trust me': Paul Merson thinks some Chelsea players will be sold off the back of Wednesday's performance

Paul Merson thinks some of Chelsea’s fringe players will be sold this summer off the back of their performances on Wednesday night.

Chelsea suffered a crushing 4-2 defeat in midweek against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues were beaten yet again at home, with the danger now of them being dragged into the Premier League’s top-four race.

Thomas Tuchel made four changes to his XI against Arsenal from the side that started the FA Cup semi-final victory against Crystal Palace a few days earlier. Malang Sarr, N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Romelu Lukaku were all drafted into the line-up.

Merson’s overall assessment of Chelsea’s London derby defeat is that some of their fringe players let Tuchel down. Therefore, he’s expecting some transfers exits from the Bridge at the end of the season.

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“He is a great manager and I like him. He is frustrated. I think his players let him down against Arsenal,” Merson said.

“His fringe players came in and played as if they were thinking: ‘Why am I only playing in this one and not the bigger games?’; instead of: ‘I’ll show you. This is my chance, I’m going to take it.’ Some of those players won’t be at the club for long after that, trust me.”

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Changes at Chelsea

It’s an exciting summer ahead for Blues fans in a way because nobody really knows what to expect.

Hopefully, the takeover is completed imminently to allow the club to enter the transfer market. In fact, it’s been reported the new ownership could complete a deal by next week.

If Chelsea can operate under normal rules, many predict there will be some alterations.

This is a squad that Tuchel’s still trying to build in his own image, and it’s fair to say he’s had enough time to look at every player.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.