Jamie Carragher warns ‘lazy’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be ‘another Mesut Ozil’ at Arsenal as Gary Neville accuses a ‘little mafia’ of Gunners attackers of not playing for Mikel Arteta in ’embarrassing’ display in 3-0 defeat by Liverpool
- Arsenal have been criticised heavily following their 3-0 defeat to Liverpool
- The Gunners barely laid a finger on Liverpool who put them to the sword
- Gary Neville has said he was ‘really uncomfortable’ with Arsenal’s display
- He also accused a ‘little mafia’ of players for not playing for Mikel Arteta
- Jamie Carragher gave his verdict on Arsenal’s list of attacking players
- He said Pepe will ‘never be good enough’ and Arsenal should let him leave
- Carragher also warned Arsenal could find themselves with another Mesut Ozil
Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have torn into Arsenal after an ’embarrassing’ performance during their 3-0 defeat to Liverpool.
The Gunners struggled to lay a finger on Jurgen Klopp’s side all game and were ripped apart in the second-half, with Diogo Jota netting a brace and Mo Salah also getting onto the scoresheet.
Arsenal’s attacking players were picked out on Monday Night Football by the Sky Sports pundits, as Neville said he felt ‘really uncomfortable’ watching the Gunners during commentary on Saturday.
Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have ripped into Arsenal’s performance
Arsenal barely laid a finger on Liverpool who cruised to victory after a ruthless second-half
Arsenal’s attacking players have come under question for their efforts against Liverpool
He said: ‘I was alarmed. We know Arsenal are inconsistent and they are in transition under Mikel Arteta so you don’t ordinarily think it will stand out.
‘But at half-time on Saturday I was really uncomfortable with what I’d seen. At the end of the game, I did something that I don’t ordinarily do – normally I just get off and leave. I sat around for a few minutes with Martin Tyler and was like ‘what was that’.
‘There’s been a number of times on Monday Night Football over the last few years where my anger has sort of emerged in the couple of days since the game.
‘It’s very rare, I remember QPR in my early days on Monday Night Football were a team I really didn’t like, Sunderland once I thought there’s something not right there, Chelsea a couple of times I thought they were turning on their manager.
‘Coming out on Saturday, it felt like there were a few players in that front part of the pitch – it looked like a little mafia.
‘It looked like a little group of players that were not comfortable, like there was a disconnect between them and the manager (Mikel Arteta). Like the manager looked like he had enough of them.’
Against Liverpool, Arsenal’s front six options were Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Martin Odegaard, Dani Ceballos and Thomas Partey.
Neville criticised the front six for their efforts against Liverpool, suggesting that Odegaard was the only one to ‘try a few times’ to press Liverpool but that ‘he was on his own’.
He added: ‘The rest of them I’d go as far to say they were a joke. The lack of energy. Calum Chambers, he’s an honest kid, you can see he was trying to push on Pepe. And all the way through the first-half I was watching and getting more and more uncomfortable with their efforts.
Sky Sports pundits criticised Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his display against Liverpool
‘Mikel Arteta said he was shocked, I think he’d have been shocked with the lack of application he saw in the front part of his team against the ball. I could show 20 examples.
‘(Ozan) Kabak and (Nat) Phillips, before the game I was thinking Aubameyang, Lacazette, Pepe, Odegaard, Ceballos from midfield, they’re gonna have some real problems today.
‘I said in the second-half me and Martin Tyler could play centre-back for Liverpool, they were really comfortable them two.
‘Arsenal never laid a finger on them and it was embarrassing. A really bad day for Arsenal.
‘I came away thinking it was a dark moment that, a crossroads moment when you feel it’s more than just a 3-0 defeat against Liverpool. I think Mikel Arteta will have come out of it thinking it’s me or them.’
Neville then pointed out a statistic which shows that Arsenal have won seven games out of ten when they’ve started with youngsters Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe.
This compares to just five wins in 20 when they don’t start together which he described as ‘relegation form’.
Carragher said that Nicolas Pepe is ‘not good enough’ for Arsenal and they should let him go
Carragher also tore into Arsenal’s attacking players, suggesting that the Gunners could find themselves with another ‘Mesut Ozil situation’ in Aubameyang.
He said: ‘When you say it’s the players or Arteta, it’s the players get rid of them. Stick with Mikel Arteta and get back to those younger players when they get fit.
‘When you look at Arsenal’s attacking talent. Odegaard has come in on loan and he needs to be a permanent signing he has been a revelation.
‘Lacazette, has he really been the answer? No. Willian has been a disaster of a signing.
‘Pepe, the thing with him is not age or price tag he’s just not good enough. He’s never going to be good enough so Arsenal need to cut their losses there. Thomas Partey I think will be a really good signing in the future.
‘Aubameyang, and he’s the superstar but I think his performances this season have been lazy at times. I don’t care how many goals he gets, he’s won golden boots in the past.
Jamie Carragher said Arsenal could have another ‘Mesut Ozil’ problem in Aubameyang
‘He’s a player who if he doesn’t score then he doesn’t bring anything to this team. I’ve watched him four or five times this season thinking they need more from him.
‘He was dropped after the North London Derby and it paid off for Arsenal and you’d expect a reaction from him after.
‘I watched him at West Ham, I’d go as far to say it was one of the worst performances I’ve seen this season. When he went off the pitch in the 77th minute, Arsenal scored and he celebrated and that was the most energetic I’d seen him this season.
‘He gets brought off against Liverpool, another big game he’s taken off when you want to see a reaction.
‘I think there will be a big worry at Arsenal and for Arteta that they may have another Mesut Ozil situation, where they give a player a big contract, next season and in coming months that will go through the manager’s head. Because at the moment it’s not good enough.’
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