Arsenal forwards looked like ‘little mafia’ against Liverpool as ‘uncomfortable’ Gary Neville suggests Mikel Arteta has had enough

Gary Neville believes the relationship between Mikel Arteta and his Arsenal forwards has broken down after watching their abysmal 3-0 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday.

The Gunners barely laid a glove on their visitors at the Emirates and the latest defeat in a woeful season leaves Arteta’s side 10th in the table.

Aubameyang had a tough time against Liverpool

Questions have been asked about captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who failed to register a single shot, while fellow forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe were also anonymous.

Working on commentary for Sky Sports, former Manchester United defender Neville suggested their performances hinted at a rift with manager Arteta and made him ‘uncomfortable’.

Neville told Monday Night Football: “I have to say, at half-time on Saturday, I was really uncomfortable with what I’d seen.

“At the end of the game, I did something that I don’t ordinarily do, I usually just get off. I sat around for a few minutes with Martin Tyler, asking, ‘What was that?’

“I was really uncomfortable with what I saw. There have been a number of times when I’ve being doing Monday Night Football when my anger has emerged in the days since the game.

“I remember a QPR team that I didn’t like, Sunderland once I thought something wasn’t right, Chelsea I thought they were turning on the manager a couple of times.

“Coming out of Saturday, there were a few players in that front part of the pitch, it looked like a little mafia.

“It looked like a little group of players who weren’t comfortable, like there was a disconnect between them and the manager. The manager looked like he’d had enough of them, he had that glazed-eye look.

“It’s instinct, but we’ve been around football long enough to know when a group of players are disinterested.”

Aubameyang was substituted with 13 minutes remaining

He added: “It was embarrassing, it was a bad day, I came away saying it was a dark moment, a crossroads moment, Mikel Arteta would have come away from that saying it is me or them.

“Me and Martin Tyler could have played centre-back in that first-half against Arsenal, they never laid a finger on them, it was embarrassing.”

Meanwhile, talkSPORT host Tony Cascarino described Aubameyang as ‘another Mesut Ozil’ following his poor display against Liverpool.

In a damning assessment, Cascarino said: “I don’t see a team player there. I just don’t.”


Source: Sport

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