Arsenal hero Paul Merson brought the news to the attention of viewers during Sky Sports’ Saturday afternoon football show

Paul Merson is going to be father for the eighth time, and Mrs Lisa is expected to give birth today

The Sky Sports expert announced the news during Football Saturday, and viewers believed he was going to make a mad rush to the hospital

Merson, 52, shared the news with

in the first half of the game, Norwich v Barnsley

Host Jeff Stelling then joked that Arsenal’s favorite would have to leave the studio to be there for the birth

This quickly turned out to be a practical joke, however, and Merson returned to his position after a toilet break

25-year-old son Sam has followed his father’s example and is trying to forge his own football career. He played for the National League South in St Alban, but was released in June of this year

Merson is the longest-running expert on Sky Sports News’ flagship show after Matt Le Tissier, Charlie Nicholas and Phil Thompson were dropped prior to the start of the season

In a great shock, the three former footballers were made aware of the decision, and the bosses were hoping to freshen up the weekly show

According to reports, Merson was about to quit the show and Stelling made his feelings known, calling them the “saddest day” he had experienced with the station

Shortly after the news broke, Stelling tweeted, “One of my saddest days at Sky Sports with the departure of three of my best friends They were part of a team that was the best for me”

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