Gary Neville has accused Arsenal of lacking hunger and desire as they fell to a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool.
The Gunners were poor against the Reds and never really threatened the visiting side at the Emirates Stadium, despite having multiple attacking players on the pitch.
Neville, who was on co-commentary duty for Sky Sports, accused Arsenal of being “fed lions” instead of having the hunger to hurt Liverpool.
The former Manchester United defender said: “The crowd wouldn’t be too different to what it is now, actually, if they were allowed in.
“I think they would be really disappointed tonight, but the most disappointed man will be the manager.
“You can see what he’s been trying to build in these last few months.
“I was here for the Chelsea game when there were a number of withdrawals and we thought it was a big chance for the young lads, but we also thought they could’ve been swamped, but they didn’t, they emerged.
“We saw a new Arsenal, but we’ve seen the old Arsenal here tonight where they’ve looked very, very shabby.
“I haven’t liked it at all from minute one. I used the term ‘fed lions’ before, just a real lack of hunger in the first-half.
“Lack of pace, lack of plan. When you’re carrying too many who don’t want to do the work without the ball to the extent that those four or five didn’t in the high part of the pitch, his game-plan is gone, it’s not what he wants, so anything he wants to do is compromised.
“He knows where he needs to go and he’s got confirmation of that tonight, they’re playing against a good team, but a team that weren’t as confident as they could have been and he’s not been able to exploit that at all.”
Neville continued: “It may have felt in the first-half when you go in at 0-0 and you’re playing against a good team that you’re being harsh sometimes.
“I feel like that sometimes, am I being too harsh on them? But I wasn’t when I look back – no urgency, no life, no plan.
“I have to say, I look at those eyes of Mikel Arteta, I think there will be an element of ferocity in them because tonight he’ll go home and say: ‘If I didn’t know already, I know now what I have to do in the transfer window at the end of the season’.”
Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe were both absent through injuries for the Liverpool clash and Neville thinks Arteta really missed his young stars, who have made such a difference this season for the Gunners.
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“I’ve got no doubts, that’s where he’s going to go from now on,” the Sky Sports pundit said.
“He would’ve done anyway, I think, if they’d have been fit. I described them as fed lions, he wants hungry ones.”
Liverpool showed their class against Arsenal, with Diogo Jota scoring twice after coming off the bench and Mohamed Salah returning to the top of the Premier League’s scoring charts with a smart finish past Bernd Leno.