Former Manchester United captain and current football pundit and commentator Gary Neville has lashed out at Arsenal for their tame performance against Manchester City in the final of the Carabao Cup. The Gunners did go into the game as heavy underdogs, but it was their response and the lack of ability and passion that angered Neville.
Not holding back while expressing his views, the former England right-back said (as per the Daily Mirror): “I’m coming for Arsenal because they’re a disgrace. [Look at Aaron] Ramsey jogging back, absolute disgrace they are, giving up. Spineless. They’re just walking around the football pitch.”
It was an abject and tame performance from Arsenal as they seemed to forever be in the shadows of their Manchester City counterparts. Since the opening whistle, it was the Premier League leaders that dominated the proceedings, and the fans in attendance at Wembley almost expected the home team to walk away empty handed.
The Gunners held on by the skin of their teeth until the 18th minute, but eventually paid the price for their lacklustre defending. German defender Shkodran Mustafi made a schoolboy error by failing to deal with Claudio Bravo’s goal kick which led to Sergio Aguero putting the ball past Petr Cech to open the scoring for the Citizens.
Vincent Kompany and David Silva added two more in the second period to secure the victory and hand Pep Guardiola his first cup triumph as Manchester City manager.
Neville slammed the lack of defensive cohesion in the Arsenal team and also sympathised with the fans, who were undoubtedly humiliated by their side’s performances on the day. A number of the Gunners faithful walked out of Wembley with tails held firmly between their legs.
The former Manchester United captain said: “Look at that [child crying], that’s what you caused. I’ve not liked their defending for a long time, their character or spirit, but I used to like the football.
“I don’t even like their football anymore, they’re not even a team who play good football anymore. Liverpool, Tottenham and City all play better football. Look at the Man City players sprinting back while the Arsenal players walk back. A complete difference in mentaility. Arsenal have been absolutely pathetic.”
To further add to Arsenal’s woes, they are set to play Manchester City once again in a few days’ time in the Premier League. With the top four soon slipping out of their reach and unconvincing performances in the Europa League leading to doubts about their claim over the trophy, it seems that Arsene Wenger and his men will have to be content without winning a single piece of silverware this season.