Neville rages at one Arsenal player for performance against Watford

Date published: Monday 16th September 2019 7:58

Gary Neville has criticised Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos for his mistake which led to Watford’s equaliser in the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with the Hornets on Sunday.

Having led 2-2 through a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace, Watford then pulled a goal back before Sokratis’ misplaced pass from within his own box allowed Tom Cleverley to nip in and level things up at Vicarage Road.

Speaking to Sky Sports Monday Night Football, Neville said the mistake was “really poor play”.

“It’s just really poor play,” Neville said. “People will point to structural and tactical things like playing out from the back and whether you should split the centre-backs when you’re in these types of positions, but it’s just really bad play.

“If you give the ball away in poor areas you end up making challenges like that. Anytime you watch him play, Sokratis, and [Nicolaas] Otamendi – we’re going to look at him in a bit, they regularly make mistakes.

“The best players have concentration, focus and don’t make mistakes. Arsenal’s players and defenders always give you a chance and Watford at 2-0, you never feel for one second that they’re not in this game.”

Arsenal‘s next game sees them take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the group stages of the Europa League.

 

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