Paul Merson admits he had no carpet at home because he lost everything gambling

Paul Merson has admitted, in a heartbreaking interview, that he once didn't have a carpet in his house because he lost everything to gambling.

The former Arsenal star has spoken candidly about his struggles with addiction in the past, and on ITV's Good Morning Britain, he opened up about his struggles again.

Merson spoke to the two presenters, Richard Madeley and Susanna Reid, about how difficult conquering his demons has been over lockdown.

And he opened up about his early days in football and one story where he opted to gamble instead of looking to purchase a new carpet for his house.

"It's the endorphins in your brain, that is what it searches for. The money is irrelevant.

"I won the league in 1991 with Arsenal, which is now the Premier League. Afterwards, I go home to my four-bedroom house and I have no carpet.

"I chose to gamble.

"It's not greed. I didn't gamble the money away to win a cashmere carpet, that just sums it up."

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"People don't understand gambling. There will be people here today who say 'he lost £7million gambling, he deserves it, he's greedy, he's earned all that money'.

"It's not about the money. Sooner or later you think that you are going to burn your hand but with gambling, it is an illness.

"I had this all my life. 36 years since I started gambling at 16. I used to think I was a bad person trying to become a good person.

"The more I gambled the more I felt like I lost my self-worth, I got depressed.

"The first thing that comes into my head when I got like that was 'start drinking and gambling'."

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Merson was a key part of the Arsenal side of the early 1990s.

However, since he hung up his boots, Merson has spoken about the problems of addiction as well as being a Sky Sports regular and a Daily Star columnist.

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