Jamie Carragher has lashed out at Mikel Arteta for his comments following Arsenal’s 2-0 loss at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.
The Gunners were taught a footballing lesson as Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son struck twice in the second half to condemn the side to their second consecutive Premier League defeat.
Appearing on Sky Sports, the Englishman was in stark disbelief over the Spaniard’s words following the game about his team’s domination of proceedings.
Carragher said: “I couldn’t believe that interview. I couldn’t believe some of the things I heard after the game, some of the things I’ve read this morning. Arsenal did not play well, they [Arsenal] were awful, defensively and with the ball from minute one.”
“This idea that because you have possession, you’ve played well, I’m flabbergasted when I hear it. They never had one chance where someone should’ve scored. I’ve just seen a Mourinho quote saying possession is for the poets or the philosophers, he’s absolutely spot on if there’s nothing with the possession.” (via Sky Sports)
Should Arteta reinstate Ozil back into the first-team in January?
Whilst losing is part and parcel of football, attempting to deceive the masses, including your own support isn’t. The fans aren’t stupid, far from it, and if they watched how proceedings panned out last weekend there would be an understanding about just how much Spurs outclassed and out-thought the Reds.
And if Arteta doesn’t believe what he says then it’s a poor attempt to cover up what was a shambolic performance from the Gunners, as per the former Liverpool man. There is not escape from his side’s current form with the outfit having failed to win their last four league outings.
The former Manchester City coach is under severe pressure every passing week and with the side’s problems mounting up, lies won’t help him. Changing his poor tactics and poor starting line-ups would be a better ploy.
The likes of Willian and Hector Bellerin have been starting almost non-stop in the top-flight this season with the Brazilian having made 10 and the Spain international 11. Maybe, changing up a losing formula could help the 37-year-old more than telling porkies in his post-match interview. It seems a far-fetched idea, however, may just work a treat.