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Jamie Carragher urges Arsenal to “get rid” of several senior players


Jamie Carragher believes the root of Arsenal’s struggles are down to the players, and not due to the Gunners’ manager Mikel Arteta.

Arsenal have experienced another poor season so far, as they sit in 10th place in the Premier League table with just eight games to go in the domestic season.

The Gunners put in an abject display against Liverpool on Saturday as they conceded three second-half goals at home to a side that have also struggled to find form in recent times.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher was speaking on Sky Sports‘ Monday Night Football and gave his opinion on what Arsenal should do with their under performing senior players.

“It’s going to take a lot of pain for Arsenal… It’s the players – get rid of them. Get rid of them, stick with Mikel Arteta and get back to those younger players when they get fit,” Carragher said.

‘Aubameyang’s performances have been lazy at times’

Carragher took aim at several of Arsenal’s most senior players, who he believes are the root of the Gunners’ poor performances over the last couple of seasons.

“[Alexandre] Lacazette – because they haven’t got much money, you’d be thinking if they lose Lacazette they’d have to spend money for someone to come in. But has he ever really been the answer? No,” Carragher started.

“Willian has been a disaster of a signing. I said that a few months ago. Nicolas Pepe… the thing with him is it’s not so much age or the price tag. He’s just not good enough. He’s never going to be good enough so Arsenal need to cut their losses there.

“There’s one player I’ll get to now that I haven’t mentioned – [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang. He’s the super star, if you like, on that list. I think his performances this season have been lazy at times.

“I don’t care how many goals he gets – he’s won golden boots in the past before. But he’s definitely a player now where if he doesn’t score a goal he doesn’t bring anything to this team. That’s a big problem.”

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