By Kevin Campbell

13th Jan, 2022 | 5:00pm

Campbell slams Arsenal stars as Arteta sends 'big' message pre-Liverpool

Kevin Campbell has claimed some Arsenal stars were playing with “one eye” on the League Cup semi-final during their FA Cup loss on Sunday.

The former Highbury favourite, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Mikel Arteta was trying to send a message to his team by substituting Nuno Tavares in the 34th minute of the game.

Arsenal left-back Tavares was replaced by Kieran Tierney in the first half as Nottingham Forest recorded a shock 1-0 win over the Gunners in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.

The Gunners face Liverpool tomorrow in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final.

Campbell suggested the cup clash was weighing heavily on the players’ minds during their shock third-round exit.

He slammed the performance, insisting it was “not good enough”.

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“Tavares will be frustrated, and I’m sure he will be thinking that it was personal,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

“Sometimes as a manager, you will think about whether you should wait until half time.

“These substitutions always have a bigger impact in the first half. Everybody on the pitch knew they were playing badly. Then they see the substitution and think: ‘We had better fix up’.

“Arsenal could well have been playing with one eye on the semi-final, which isn’t good enough. There’s a lot of squad players at Arsenal who aren’t good enough.”

Arsenal can set up a Wembley final against Chelsea or Tottenham with a win over two legs against Liverpool.

Meanwhile, the Gunners sit fourth in the Premier League.

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