Arsenal failed to protect Calum Chambers, says Liverpool legend

Jamie Carragher criticises Arsene Wenger's failure to adapt his tactics

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Jamie Carragher has criticised Arsene Wenger’s tactics after Swansea City winger Jefferson Montero targeted Arsenal youngster Calum Chambers.

The Swans forward had 249 touches, 57 dribbles and produced 20 crosses, including the ball which teed up Bafetimbi Gomis for the winner.

The problem was obvious and something needed to be changed at half-time – but nothing changed

Jamie Carragher

And former Liverpool defender Carragher criticised the Arsenal manager after the 64-year-old failed to adapt his tactics to protect his defender.

“I thought Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had a good game in terms of going forward for Arsenal but at half-time it was clear Chambers is having one of those days where Montero had got the better of him,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“I’ve been there as a defender and you need help. You can change it; Arsenal had Hector Bellerin on the bench, who is inexperienced, but is supposed to be one of the quickest players at the club.

“Could he have made a difference with his pace? Or tell Oxlade-Chamberlain ‘stand in front of Chambers, forget going forward because we need protection. We need to stop this.’

“But Arsene Wenger has so much belief in his team and the way they play, he says ‘we’ll go forward, play our own game, do not worry about the opposition’. But it’s proving that you have to think about the opposition.

“We say it every year about Arsenal, in big games – not normally these sort of games – they go and play their normal game away from home and get batted 3-0 or 4-0. But the problem was obvious and something needed to be changed at half-time – but nothing changed. And they’ve ended up losing the game because of it.”

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