Jamie Carragher has likened Arsenal’s current problems at the back to those encountered by Liverpool during the Brendan Rodgers reign and the early days of Jurgen Klopp.
However, the Gunners’ brittle defence against Watford isn’t a standalone occurrence, with their problems dating back well into the Wenger era, and seemingly have not been fixed.
Despite already having an impressive attacking line-up, featuring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Özil, the Gunner decided to splash a club record £72 million to sign Nicolas Pepe in the summer, while their central defence was only bolstered by the ever-suspect figure of David Luiz.
Speaking about Arsenal’s struggles at the back, Carragher compared it to the days of Brendan Rodgers and the early days of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, but expressed his concern that these issues seemingly aren’t being addressed by Unai Emery.
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“For a long time, going back to when I was a kid, Arsenal were known as a really solid team,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“They have now gone completely the other way. They are a team you expect stupid things to happen to. Even when they are 2-0 up, you can never be convinced by them.
“I think Liverpool had a similar problem a few years ago, under Brendan Rodgers and at the start under Jurgen Klopp.
“No matter what the situation was, you always felt something could go wrong. What’s worrying for Arsenal is that it’s happening again in Emery’s second season.”
David Luiz has partnered Greece international Sokratis for the Gunners in recent games, with the former Chelsea centre-back already conceding two penalties in his first four outings for the club.
“In David Luiz they have signed another defender who makes mistakes and in Sokratis, the club have brought in someone else who is perhaps not at the level where they need him,” Carragher added.
“The problem is, that will not change, no matter who the manager is. David Luiz has had plenty of managers and he has always had the same problems.”
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