By Matt Bullin
Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville has slammed the performances of Arsenal trio Theo Walcott, Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny after their 2-2 draw with Manchester City.
Arsenal came away with a point despite twice going behind, first to Leroy Sane’s opener and then to Sergio Aguero’s 42nd minute strike – with Walcott and Shkodran Mustafi equalising for the Gunners.
With Arsene Wenger’s future still very much in doubt, and Arsenal on a torrid run, this result has done nothing to appease the Arsenal fans, or pundits.
Speaking on Sky’s Super Sunday Gary Neville was quick to criticise the trio of senior players.
Firstly Neville pointed out Koscielny’s half-time withdrawal due to injury: “Koscielny always goes off,” he said.
“He’s a centre-back. He plays to half-time and then goes off.
“Arsene Wenger deserved for Koscielny to at least have a go for five minutes in the second half. Go on mate, have a go for us. No, he didn’t.”
Neville’s next issue was with the manner in which Walcott left the pitch after being replaced by Olivier Giroud in the 68th minute.
The former Man Utd star said: “Walcott trudges off the pitch. He hasn’t played well, but his attitude is, ‘I’ve scored a goal, you shouldn’t take me off.'”
Neville delivered his final blow to Ozil and his unwillingness to go in for a 50-50 with Willy Caballero in the second half.
He said: “Mesut Ozil goes through on goal and bottles out of a challenge when his manager’s backside is on the line.”
The 2-2 draw ends a run of three consecutive Premier League defeats for Arsenal, and leaves them sixth in the Premier League – seven points adrift of the top four albeit with a game in hand.
Next up for the Gunners is a tricky looking home tie to West Ham on Wednesday night where Wenger and seemingly Neville will be hoping for improved performances from Walcott, Ozil and Koscielny.
In other Arsenal news, here are three things we learned from Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City.