Jamie Carragher SLAMS leadership of 'malignant' Arsenal senior stars

Jamie Carragher SLAMS ‘malignant’ Arsenal senior players who are leaving ‘negative legacy’ for young players to deal with after the Gunners fail to win last four matches in all competitions to leave their season on a knife edge

  • Arsenal have failed to win their last four matches leaving their season in limbo 
  • Jamie Carragher has hit out at Arsenal’s senior players for a lack of leadership
  • The pundit claims the ‘malignant’ players are letting the young players down
  • A positive for Arsenal has been the rise of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe

Jamie Carragher has hit out at Arsenal’s senior players for leaving a ‘negative legacy’ for the club’s younger players to look up to amid a recent slump in form.

The Gunners have failed to win their last four matches in all competitions to leave their season hanging by a thread. 

Mikel Arteta’s men lie tenth in the Premier League and are massive outsiders for a top-four spot while they drew 1-1 in their Europa League quarter-final with Slavia Prague on Thursday.

Jamie Carragher has hit out at Arsenal’s senior stars for creating a ‘negative legacy’ at the club

Carragher (above) described the current group of established Gunners stars as ‘maglinant’

A positive in Arsenal’s season has been the emergence of young talents such as Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe, but Carragher has blasted the ‘malignant’ more established stars in the Gunners squad.

The former Liverpool defender told the Telegraph: ‘They are a malignant influence who will contaminate the training ground and may leave a negative legacy for the generation which follows. 

‘That’s arguably the biggest, most recurring problem Arteta is trying to fix right now.

‘What was the club’s strength at the turn of the millennium is a serious weakness in 2021. That’s why patience has run out amongst the club’s fanbase and they would prefer to see Arteta build around his exciting youngsters.

Carragher claims Bukayo Saka (left) and Emile Smith Rowe (right) are being let down at Arsenal

‘That perspective is understandable and Arteta may have no option but to go down that route in the short-term, but it is as damning on the club’s established stars as it is as a compliment to the young talent.

‘Through the latter years of Arsene Wenger, into the reign of Unai Emery and now Arteta, there has been a massive erosion of trust in those who are supposed to be leading by example.’ 

Midfield talents Saka and Smith Rowe were crucial to Arteta’s side picking up their form post-Christmas but the Gunners’ season has unravelled before their eyes once again.

The Gunners have failed to win their last four matches in all competitions since March 14

Since beating Tottenham in the north London derby on March 14, Arsenal lost their Europa League last-16 second-leg to Olympiakos – but still progressed – while they failed to beat European qualification rivals West Ham and Liverpool in their next two league games. 

One player who has come in for criticism is club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was dropped for the Slavia Prague draw on Thursday due to tactical reasons.

The Gabon forward, who came off the bench against the Czech side to set up Nicolas Pepe’s 86th minute goal, was also left out of the victory over Tottenham due to disciplinary reasons. 

Club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has come under criticism for his performances

Carragher hinted that Aubameyang’s drop in form could be linked to the £60million contract he signed at the start of the season, in a similar drop in impressive displays that Mesut Ozil showed after signing a £350,000-a-week deal in January 2018.

Arsenal manager Arteta, however, dismissed claims that his club captain’s situation can be compared to Ozil’s.  

‘I’m always positive about the future but, once you think about things that happen in the past or compare different situations and personalities, I won’t do that.’

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