‘They are not good enough… there is a huge job for Mikel Arteta to do’: Jamie Carragher slams Arsenal after disastrous 3-0 defeat by Manchester City… but insists he ‘didn’t expect anything different’ after watching their decline for a DECADE
- Manchester City dominated Arsenal with Gunners going down 3-0 at Etihad
- Mikel Arteta’s side started well but champions found rhythm and put them away
- Jamie Carragher said he is not surprised having seen huge decline of Gunners
- ‘They are not good enough and there is a huge job for Arteta to do’, he explained
Arsenal are simply ‘not good enough’ and Mikel Arteta has a ‘huge job’ on his hands, warned Jamie Carragher after watching them capitulate at Manchester City.
He took aim at the Gunners having watched them suffer a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at the Etihad in their first game back since the season was suspended.
‘I didn’t expect anything different to what I saw to be honest, he told Sky Sports.
Jamie Carragher said he was not surprised by Arsenal’s display after a decade of decline
The Gunners looked dejected as Phil Foden put the icing on the cake for Manchester City
David Luiz had a nightmare and was sent off for his foul on Riyad Mahrez in the box
‘I know there was no crowd in here. I didn’t think it was too different because I have seen Arsenal do that for the last 10 years!
Arsenal fell behind shortly before half-time after David Luiz made a hash of a clearance and allowed Raheem Sterling to smash in from close range.
The Brazilian then compounded his nightmare having come off the bench to replace injured Pablo Mari, as he hauled down Riyad Mahrez in the box and was sent off.
Kevin de Bruyne converted the penalty and Phil Foden added another late on to put the final nail in the coffin.
And Carragher thinks Arsenal can forget their faint chances of qualifying for the Champions League.
Carragher believes Arteta has a massive job on his hands, particularly without Europe
He added: ‘Arsenal are not good enough and there is a huge job for Mikel Arteta to do.
‘He just has to get through these nine games, obviously there was hope of these nine games before today that they could make some sort of challenge for the Champions League.
‘They are not good enough to make the top four so forget where they are in the league and how many points difference there is to Chelsea or Manchester United. They are not good enough and that was evident.
‘I didn’t have any faith in Arsenal coming here and doing anything here, it is not just about Arsenal, Manchester City are a great team, they are not at their best obviously but no one is coming straight back in, but I never had any doubt Man City.’
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a quiet game with his side up against it
Carragher says Arsenal’s problems at centre-back persist, although they are nothing new
The former Liverpool defender went on to caveat his criticism by underlining his opinion that Arteta has done a solid job since taking the helm after Unai Emery’s sacking.
But he believes this summer will pose a real challenge, particularly if Arsenal miss out on the Champions League and have to deal with the impact coronavirus has had on their finances without a seat at Europe’s top table.
He continued: ‘They have problems at centre-back but again that was there before Mikel Arteta came in.
‘It might be difficult for them in the summer now with the financial implications, no Champions League.
‘I think we are all impressed with how Mikel Arteta has gone about it in some ways since he has come into the job but he has got a huge job.’
The Spaniard watched his team fold under pressure from City, where he left as assistant
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