Jamie Carragher SLAMS Arsenal’s ‘evil’ senior players who leave a ‘negative legacy’ for youngsters to deal with after the Gunners fail to win the last four games in all competitions
- Arsenal have failed to win their last four games and leave their season in the dark
- Jamie Carragher has run out of the senior Arsenal players due to a lack of leadership
- The expert claims that the ‘evil’ players are abandoning the young players
- Positive for Arsenal is the rise of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe
Jamie Carragher has attacked Arsenal’s senior players for leaving a ‘negative legacy’ for the club’s younger players to look up to amid a recent slump in form.
The Gunners have failed to win their last four games in all competitions to leave their season hanging by a thread.
Mikel Arteta’s men are tenth in the Premier League and are huge outsiders for a spot in the top four as they drew 1-1 on Thursday in their Europa League quarter-final with Slavia Prague.
Jamie Carragher has hit with senior Arsenal stars for creating ‘negative legacy’ at club
Carragher (above) described the current group of established Gunners stars as ‘evil’
A positive point in the Arsenal season has been the emergence of young talents such as Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, but Carragher has beaten the more established stars in the Gunners roster.
The former Liverpool defender said The Telegraph: They are an evil influence that will contaminate the training ground and leave a negative legacy for the generation that follows.
That is perhaps the biggest, most recurring problem that Arteta is currently trying to solve.
What was the strength of the club at the turn of the millennium is a serious weakness in 2021. That’s why the club’s fans have grown patience and would love to see Arteta build around his exciting youngsters.
Carragher claims Bukayo Saka (left) and Emile Smith Rowe (right) are being abandoned at Arsenal
That perspective is understandable and Arteta may have no choice but to walk that route in the short term, but it is as devastating to the club’s established stars as it is a compliment to the young talent.
“During the last years of Arsene Wenger, during the reigns of Unai Emery and now Arteta, there has been a huge erosion of confidence in those who are expected to lead by example.”
Midfield talents Saka and Smith Rowe were crucial for Arteta’s squad to pick up their form after Christmas, but The Gunners’ season has once again been unraveled before their very eyes.
The Gunners have not won their last four games in all competitions since March 14
Since beating Tottenham in the North London derby on March 14, Arsenal lost their second leg of the last 16 of the Europa League to Olympiakos – but still made progress – as they beat European qualifying rivals West Ham and Liverpool in their next two league games failed to beat.
One player who has been criticized is captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was canceled on Thursday for Slavia Prague’s draw after poor form.
The Gabon forward, who came off the bench against the Czech side to score Nicolas Pepe in the 86th minute, was also left out of the win over Tottenham for disciplinary reasons.
Club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been criticized for his performance
Carragher hinted that Aubameyang’s drop in form could be tied to the £ 60 million contract he signed at the start of the season, in a similar drop from the impressive displays Mesut Ozil showed after signing a deal from £ 350,000 a week in January 2018.
However, Arsenal manager Arteta rejected the claim that his captain’s situation could be compared to Ozil’s.
He insisted earlier this week, “I’m always positive about the future, but once you think about things that happen in the past or compare different situations and personalities, I won’t.”