Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville lashed out at half of Arsenal’s players who featured against Liverpool in the Premier League last weekend.
The Gunners were woeful. We failed to get the basics right and Liverpool probably won’t have an easier game in the league this season.
Neville was assessing Arsenal’s woeful display on Monday Night Football and he wasn’t a happy man. He said that five or six of Mikel Arteta’s men looked disinterested and boldly claimed that it looked like the Arsenal boss was fed up of their attitude.
He said: “I was alarmed. We know Arsenal are inconsistent and in transition under Mikel Arteta. Usually at the end of the game I just leave, but I sat around for a few minutes with Martin Tyler and went, ‘what was that?’
“It looked like there was a disconnect between them and the manager. The manager looked like he had enough of them. We’ve been around football now for a long time so we know when the players look disinterested.
“Arsenal generally have got good shape under Mikel Arteta but what was different was the effort, or lack of it, from the front six. And I’m going to say all six, although [Martin] Odegaard did try at times to press. But the rest of them were a joke. The lack of energy was a joke.
“It was a walk in the park for Liverpool, it was embarrassing. It was a really bad day for Arsenal, it was a dark moment, that. I think Mikel Arteta will be coming away from that thinking it’s me or them now. Arsenal have got a big problem with some of those players.”
The Insider’s View:
The performance on Saturday really was a joke. Arteta admitted after the game that he was shocked by how poor his players were. The Gunners were second-best in every single department and the display really was a joke.
The Arsenal boss urged his players to step up in the game on Thursday. He does not want anybody to hide after what was a woeful display and rightly so as if we play like that again, Slavia Prague will run riot against us.
Every one of Arsenal’s front six did not turn up against Liverpool. Neville is right to criticise them the way he did, and it’s now time for them to come out on Thursday and show the world what they are really made of.