By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Gary Lineker has identified Arsenal’s susceptibility to counter-attacks as one of their principal weaknesses after the holders’ elimination from the FA Cup.
Arsene Wenger’s team lost their quarter-final clash 2-1 to Watford on Sunday afternoon to end their hopes of a record-breaking third consecutive triumph in the competition.
Wenger selected a strong side, recalling star duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez after they were rested against Hull in midweek, but the Gunners could not cope with Watford front two Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney.
Watford skipper Deeney supplied assists for Ighalo and then Adlene Guedioura, whose rocket shot was one of the greatest strikes witnessed at the stadium.
TV pundit Lineker paid tribute to Guedioura’s goal, but tweeted his misgivings about the Arsenal defence, which was missing the injured Laurent Koscielny as well as benched pair Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin.
Fabulous goal from Guedioura. Arsenal though are extraordinarily vulnerable to the counter-attack.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 13, 2016
Arsenal have two clashes in the coming week, Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Barcelona and next Saturday’s Premier League visit to Everton.
The latest Arsenal news about the clash at Camp Nou is that Lionel Messi has claimed Alexis Sanchez is the dangerman as the Gunners attempt to overturn Barca’s 2-0 advantage from the first leg.