Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has criticised the way Arsenal approached the Liverpool game, believing Arsene Wenger gave too much freedom to his players.
The Match of the Day pundit likely had a great time picking apart Arsenal’s performance yesterday. Arsenal were thumped 4-0 by Liverpool and put in a performance so wretched that pundits who had never even played for Arsenal were mad.
Shearer has joined in the fun by condemning Arsenal’s performance. In his column for The Sun, he went a step further and pointed out the obvious: Arsenal didn’t set-up in the right way. “It was bad in defeat against Stoke. It was dreadful at Anfield,” he said.
“It was as if he had found eleven random players, put them together and just told them to get on with it. They lost to Liverpool twice in the league last season playing exactly like this and have learned nothing.
“Arsenal were worse this time around and simply played right into Jurgen Klopp’s hands again. They were so open, committing men forward against the best counter-attacking team in the league.”
He is, of course, correct with his assessment. Arsenal looked nothing like a team that knew what it was doing yesterday.
The back three was constantly exposed against Liverpool’s attack, and the midfield was so useless we might as well have not played with one. For all the championing of team spirit, morale and being together, this was an embarrassment
Worst of all, it was all predictable. Arsenal’s defensive issues had been highlighted well before the game, yet it appeared as if nothing had been done about it. The defeat leaves the Gunners 16th in the Premier League with three points from as many games this season.
After their late win over Leicester, Arsenal have since lost to Stoke City and Liverpool without scoring.