Harry Redknapp has taken the Olympiacos loss as another chance to have a dig at Arsenal and for once, it’s pretty justified.
The former Spurs boss had a lot to say following our 3-2 defeat to the Greek team in the Champions League and miraculously, I don’t completely disagree with him.
Redknapp reckons that Arsene Wenger choosing David Ospina over Petr Cech in such a game sends a message to the players that the result doesn’t really matter and they walk out onto the pitch not caring. Although I’d love to insist that the result always matters to our players, it’s becoming evident that it doesn’t.
“Resting Cech sent the wrong message to the rest of the team,” Redknapp said.
“We have seen it time and again in the Capital One Cup where big teams are knocked out after making so many changes because the players think, ‘Oh well, it’s not that important today’.
“It only breeds the kind of inconsistency Arsenal have shown this season.
“When things are going their way, they are excellent.
“Some of the football they played at Leicester was phenomenal but so often they are vulnerable.”
The ex-manager also branded Mesut Ozil’s performance during the game as ‘pathetic’, which is a tad harsh and the German isn’t one of the only players who should be getting singled out considering all of them had a hand in the defeat.
“Watch Mesut Ozil coming out to try to get a block on the first goal,” Redknapp blasted. “It was pathetic.
“The ball comes out to the edge of the box and he makes the most half-hearted effort to close it down.
“If someone is going to shoot from the edge of the box, you want your midfielders or defenders to throw themselves at it to do everything for the team, whether you cost £4million of £42m.”
It’s odd because my usual knee-jerk reaction, particular against Redknapp’s criticism, is to defend my team but that performance on Tuesday night was indefensible.