Arsenal labelled ‘a team full of kidders’ by Jamie Redknapp, who blasts Mesut Ozil, David Luiz and Granit Xhaka after Carabao Cup exit December 23, 2020 – Posted in: Soccer
Jamie Redknapp went on a stunning rant about Arsenal as they exited the Carabao Cup with a whimper on Tuesday night.
The Gunners lost comprehensively in a 4-1 defeat on home soil to a Manchester City side who weren’t required to play particularly well to reach the semi-finals.
Alexandre Lacazette cancelled out an early opener by Gabriel Jesus but goals from Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Aymeric Laporte sealed a convincing City victory, in a match which saw Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Runarsson make two costly mistakes.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was already under intense pressure before the match at the Emirates started, but this lacklustre result will only raise more questions about his managerial credentials.
However, Redknapp believes the problem is much bigger than who the manager is, claiming that the problems the club currently has will continue to exist regardless of who’s in charge.
Although none of them featured in the match, Redknapp had a pop at Mesut Ozil, David Luiz and Granit Xhaka in a passionate rant after the match.
On whether Arsenal should sack Arteta, Redknapp told Sky Sports: “You have to be very careful. When he was talking about earlier on with percentages of games you should be winning…
“You can’t insult the intelligence of football fans like that, you’ve just got to say it as it is.
“People will say ‘will he lose his job?’ Losing 4-1 at home is not ideal, their last win came against Man United on November 1st and I thought after that game that they could be onto something pretty special but all of a sudden things have gone wrong and they’re all devoid of confidence.
“Of course you could go and sack the manager but the thing is there’s only a group of three or four players who the manager could trust.
“Whoever comes in next, David Luiz probably won’t play well for ten or eleven games but he’ll think ‘cor, he’s a good player’ and he’ll start making mistakes because he’ll get bored. He’ll have Granit Xhaka, thinking ‘wow, he’s a good player’ and then he’ll get sent off.
“The manager will probably bring in Ozil and think he shouldn’t have been left out in the first place.
“He’ll play well a couple of games and won’t track back and get bored and then that will be the problems for this team.
“There are too many of them, who no matter what you do will let you down. It’s a team full of kidders right now and I feel for the young players.
“I keep hearing about dressing room unrest, someone in the dressing room that keeps giving information. If you’ve got that, you’ve got major problems, you’ve got no chance and you’ve got to get rid of those players as quickly as possible. It’s not easy to do.
“If you get rid of the manager, who can come in? Who’s out there?”