Former Newcastle legend Alan Shearer, noted to be an incredibly rubbish manager and a lugubrious pundit has yet again weighed into Arsenal for their shortcomings after the North London Derby.
?️ Alan Shearer on Arsenal's backline:
"Arsenal's defending was comical at times in the first half – it was Sunday League stuff.
"From start to finish, it was embarrassing how easy it was for Tottenham to get their two first-half goals." pic.twitter.com/FJnRIq41MT
— Goal (@goal) September 2, 2019
The game itself had all the elements of a top level premier league contest and was one were Arsenal edged the second 45 minutes, unlucky to grab all three points against their long time and arch rivals.
Individual errors from Leno and Xhaka (again) saw Arsenal fall behind 2-0 but a spirited fight back earned a draw but it could have been so much better and in the end had nothing but positives. Yet the Geordie knucklehead wasn’t impressed. Shearer, who presents the persona of a grave digger on minimum wage said that,
“Arsenal’s defending was comical at times in the first half – it was Sunday League stuff, From start to finish, it was embarrassing how easy it was for Tottenham to get their two first-half goals”
Matteo Guendouzi has been included in Alan Shearer’s Premier League Team of the Week. pic.twitter.com/YdJbiyfMrn
— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) August 12, 2019
It’s not the first time that the former striker has been scathing of Arsenal’s defence. Last season was nothing but similar to this season’s rant, he said,
“ I feel sorry at times for the two centre-halves because they’ve got no protection whatsoever.”
All fairly routine comments on something the entire universe knows. Arsenal’s defence has been poor for years, change the record !
No real mention of the desire shown, the superb performance of Guendouzi, no mention of the defenders making their way back from injury, just more of the Shearer sledgehammer on the same old frailties. Although he added Guendouzi his Premier League team of the week.
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Arsenal fans are used to such nonsense because Shearer and the gunners have history. Back in the day, Newcastle and Arsenal clashes were boisterous affairs with a hefty dose of argy-bargy, insults and altercations, normally with Shearer involved.
This animosity has tripped over into his BBC punditry on many occasions but he sometimes forgets his script and says something complimentary but not very often.
It’s not like Arsenal fans or Arsenal football club are oblivious to their shortcomings. Shearer is hardly bringing something new to the masses but it would be nice if he gave credit for the renewed collective spirit of Emery’s team.
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) September 3, 2019
Arsenal travel to Vicarage road on the coming weekend to face Watford who recently fired their manager Javi Garcia and replaced with him Quique Sanchez Flores who coached the Hornets during the 2015/16 season.