JAMIE CARRAGHER has blamed Nuno Tavares for Arsenal’s failure to finish in the top four last season.
Left-back Tavares has gone out on loan to Marseille this summerCredit: AFP
Carragher feels Tavares is the reason why Arsenal missed out on the top fourCredit: PA
Mikel Arteta‘s men lost two of their final three matches – a set of results which ultimately cost them dearly.
But just prior to that, Arsenal were beaten three times in a row at the hands of Crystal Palace, Brighton and Southampton.
And he produced a pair of bad performances – particularly at Selhurst Park where he was hooked at half-time.
Carragher feels that period of the campaign was crucial, and that a more accomplished left-back could well have seen Arsenal finish in the top four.
Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: “Nuno Tavares has gone out on loan, I saw. I think if they had a better left-back, then you probably would be in the top four now.
“I don’t like singling one player out, but I just think he cost you in certain games.
“I remember that game at Crystal Palace last season, it was on Monday Night Football and I said on TV: ‘He has to come off at half-time’.
“I think he [Mikel Arteta] put Granit Xhaka at left-back in the end.”
Arsenal kick off their 2022/23 Premier League campaign away at Palace on Friday night.
And Gunners fans will be optimistic about their chances this season after a healthy amount of summer transfer business.
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