Carragher claims it took him 30 seconds to be ‘flabbergasted’ by Arsenal

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Jamie Carragher has said that he felt “flabbergasted” at the way Arsenal played against Tottenham, claiming that he had concerns after only 30 seconds.

The Gunners lost 2-0 to their north London rivals on Sunday in yet another defeat for Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal have now lost five of their last seven Premier League games dating back to a win over Sheffield United. Since that game, though, they have only scored two top-flight goals.

Speaking after their latest match, Arteta praised his side for dominating against Spurs in the second half. Indeed, the Spaniard hailed his side for their 44 crosses during the match.

But analysing the game on Monday Night Football, Carragher said he “could not believe” Arteta’s viewpoint.

He said (via the Metro): “I couldn’t believe some of the things I heard after the game and some of the things I read this morning.

“Arsenal did not play well, 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 in the game where someone should have scored. ‘I’ve just seen a [Jose] Mourinho quote saying, “Possession is for the poets or the philosophers”, and he’s absolutely spot on if there’s nothing with the possession.

 

 

“And I thought tactically Arsenal were a shambles, so poor. What I can’t believe and what was frustrating me so much watching it was this has happened so often in Mourinho’s managerial career.

“Even if you’ve only watched Tottenham this season, you’d know what they were going to do.”

Carragher went on to pick out evidence of his analysis. Indeed, he picked out a clip from 30 seconds into the game, claiming that he was “worried for Arsenal”.

Arteta confirms talks with Partey

Arsenal’s afternoon went from bad to worse just before half time when Thomas Partey limped off.

The midfielder had only just returned from a thigh problem but had to come off with the reoccurring issue.

Partey, though, walked off while Spurs were on the counter-attack. Indeed, the attack would later lead to their second goal which put the game to bed.

As Spurs broke forward, though, Arteta pushed Partey back onto the field, urging him to join the defence. The manager has now confirmed that he will hold talks with the midfielder about the incident.

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