Hands up if you think the Carabao Cup is bigger than the FA Cup.
We see just the one hand in the air out there. Who’s that?
Oh, it’s Paul Merson. Of course it bloody is.
Merson has a habit of coming out with outlandish statements and it’s what has turned him into one of the most beloved members of the Soccer Saturday panel.
Merse tends to speak before he thinks and it’s quite an endearing quality when he’s not talking about your team.
The highlight reel of his spoutings has been played to death on Sky Sports’ compilations over the years but he’s come up with an absolute doozy this week as he incredibly claimed that he’d prefer to see former side Arsenal win the Carabao Cup over the FA Cup.
Paul Merson moment Number 16283833: Saying the league cup > FA Cup. pic.twitter.com/p09B5MZHck
— HM (@mrraumdeuter) October 27, 2017
Discussing the Gunners’ dramatic comeback victory over Norwich in the League Cup midweek, Merson bizarrely claimed that the Carabao Cup is bigger than the oldest association football competition in the world.
“If you look at Arsenal, they’re not winning the Premier League,” Merson said on Sky Sports’ debate show. “And these two cups are big cups for them. The FA Cup and the League Cup are big cups.
“I don’t care what anybody says about this League Cup, it’s a big trophy.
They say there’s no such thing as bad publicity https://t.co/XaBor2PoS2
— JOE.co.uk (@JOE_co_uk) October 27, 2017
“If Tottenham didn’t go out, the top five teams would have been in it.
“The League Cup is a big cup. I’m going to say yeah (it is bigger than the FA Cup) at the moment and I’ll tell you why… Because it finishes in February.”
That’s right up there with the most ludicrous things ever uttered in football, we’re sure you agree.
And football fans all had to rewind to make sure they hadn’t misheard the 49-year-old.
Paul merson on the debate saying the league cup is bigger than the fa cup. Imagine being paid to say things like that. Not bad work
— Bon (@bonjim81) October 26, 2017
“League Cup is bigger than the Fa Cup” Paul Merson.. Jesus, he’s lost it
— James Elms (@JamesElms3) October 26, 2017
Paul Merson… “anyone can win fa cup, the league cup is more important”. He just said this and is being paid. 😂😂#thedebate
— Paul Szewczyk (@shevy68) October 26, 2017
The Debate has also seen Paul Merson dismiss the FA Cup moments before describing the League Cup as a “big, big trophy”.
I’m turning off.
— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) October 27, 2017
Amazing even by Paul Merson standards to claim the League Cup is a bigger trophy than the FA Cup 😲
— Dave Rue (@dave_rue) October 27, 2017
Paul Merson has just claimed on @SkySportsPL that the Carabao Cup is bigger than the FA Cup. Pundit face plant.
— Andrew Dickens (@andrewdickens) October 27, 2017
So Paul Merson thinks the League Cup is bigger than the FA Cup.
His reason, you ask?
‘Because it ends in February’
— . (@False11Firmino) October 28, 2017