Jamie Carragher was extremely complimentary of Arsenal’s attack following the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Wednesday night while at the same time blasting their defensive capabilities.
In what was a highly entertaining game, both London clubs went at it from word go. However, in the second half the match really burst into life.
Jack Wilshere’s opening goal just past the hour mark was quickly cancelled out by an Eden Hazard penalty, which was awarded in pretty controversial circumstances.
1-0 winning against Chelsea at home, then happens this. Apparently enough to call a penalty against Arsenal. Absolute disgrace. Potentially 2 points lost there, which makes 15 points in total after 22 games. pic.twitter.com/r3XgG04xX2
— Spanish Gooner (@elspanishgooner) January 3, 2018
The Blues then went 2-1 ahead in the 84th minute before a Hector Bellerin strike in the last minute levelled the game.
Following what was a clash where the attacking side of the game certainly came out on top, Sky Sports pundit Carragher didn’t hold back in how he felt about Arsenal’s defending.
“The same thing we’ve been saying for years, [they need] that figure at the back and they say a holding midfielder also.
“The defending is so poor and basic. This is Sunday League, Hackney Marshes type of defending.
“But it’s been happening for that long and that’s why Arsenal will never win these big trophies at this moment.”
While comparing Arsenal’s rearguard to a Sunday League side may be a tad over the top, it’s easy to see why the former Liverpool defender is so put out by the Gunners’ defending with 19 shots raining down on their goal over the course of the game, including six on target.
However, when it comes to the other side of the game Carragher was hugely complimentary of Arsenal, even claiming their attacking triumvirate of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette is better than table toppers Manchester City’s.
“You come away from the games against Manchester United, Liverpool and here tonight and going forward, Arsenal’s front three are better than Man City’s front three of Sane, Sterling and Aguero.
“Some people may not agree with that, but it’s certainly very close.”
Arsenal face Nottingham Forest next in the FA Cup before playing Chelsea again in the first of their two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final clash.
However, all of their league games should be winnable this month as they play Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Swansea.