Arsenal: Chris Sutton claims Gunners were ‘schooled’ by Liverpool in Carabao Cup semi-final defeat
Chris Sutton insists Arsenal have been ‘schooled’ by Liverpool in their Carabao Cup semi-final defeat and warns the Gunners are still ‘a mile away from the battle for big trophies’ in a brutal assessment
Chris Sutton believes Arsenal is far from being able to compete with the best in the Premier League after falling to a defeat to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup.
Despite the first leg of their semi-final being tied 0-0 at Anfield, Mikel Arteta’s side fell to a 2-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium thanks to a double by Diogo Jota.
After also suffering a shocking defeat in the FA Cup at Nottingham Forest, failing to qualify for Europe this season and being 21 points away from Premier League leader Manchester City, it means the Gunners’ hopes to put silverware on to lift is almost over.
Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup on Thursday evening
Arsenal have shown promise this season with youthful stars, including Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, helping them continue to qualify for the Champions League.
But Sutton believes their season now rests on securing a top four place and the pressure to do that is now heavy on Arteta.
“I’ve been to this stadium before and at times the atmosphere was a bit toxic,” Sutton told BBC 5Live.
Two goals from Diogo Jota (second from right) brought Liverpool to the final where they face Chelsea
“They stayed with the team, but you can’t escape the fact that Arsenal are out of everything and not even February. I think Liverpool trained them.
“You think of their signings and brilliant signings compete for big trophies. Arsenal are one level down and still a mile away.
‘There is so much work to do. Arteta if you pull everything back, spent a lot and it’s going to be a huge half of the season. You see the pressure on Arteta if they don’t make the Champions League spot.
Chris Sutton claims Arsenal still fall short to compete for major honours
Arsenal haven’t won the League Cup in 29 years and had high hopes for a possible final against Chelsea, who knocked out rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the other semi-final earlier in January.
Former Liverpool midfielder Don Hutchinson also believes making the top four is vital for the Gunners to attract top quality players into next summer’s transfer window.
“It’s another step backwards for Arsenal. The fans will be devastated. Arsenal fans would think they had a chance,” added Hutchinson.
Sutton and Don Hutchinson believe it is vital that boss Mikel Arteta (above) seals a top four finish
“Arsenal must have those top four to be able to make purchases in the summer that will allow them to take the next step.
“Arsenal has to do something in the window now. Maybe get Aubameyang out of the way and try to bring in a better player. They have the core of a very, very good team.
“I would put all my energy in the next two or three days on beating Burnley first, because lose that, and it feels like the end of the world for them.”