Richard Keys launches attack on Jamie Carragher over Arsenal comments

Richard Keys was clearly not impressed by Jamie Carragher's verdict on Arsenal on Monday night

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher Photo: Sky Sports

Richard Keys has criticised Jamie Carragher for labelling Arsenal as “cowards” following their 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace on Monday night.

The Liverpool legend did not hold back in his assessment of Arsene Wenger’s men on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show as he tore into Arsenal’s players for a perceived lack of effort.

Arsenal have struggled to find consistent form in recent weeks and their loss on Monday means they have now won just two of their last eight Premier League games.

However, Keys was clearly not impressed by Carragher’s post-match analysis on Monday night and made his feeling clear in his personal blog.

Keys wrote: “I was really disappointed to see Jamie Carragher call Arsenal’s players ‘cowards’ after the game at Palace. ‘Cowards’? There was a time in British history that kind of insult would bring men to arms at dawn in a pistol fight for honour. No. I’m sorry, those players could be accused of many things on the other night – but cowardice? No. No. No.

“I sometimes wonder how today’s ‘analysts’ – few of whom have ever had the courage to coach themselves (is that cowardice?) would’ve reacted if we’d described their performances in the same way?

“Before you all start screaming again – what is cowardice in football? Is it failing to win the title year on year? Is it walking away from your country because you can’t get a game? Is it messing up a penalty shoot out because you don’t know the rules? No, of course not, it’s none of those things, but you see how easy it is to get personal?

“My advice to today’s analysts – stick with talking about the football. Have an empathy with a player or players that are short on confidence and struggling to find their game. Respect our wonderful product. Remember what it was like when you played. We all still need each other. Cherish our wonderful sport.

“Yes, if required criticise, but make it constructive. We’re turning people off with a constant string of vitriol. Love football and it will love you back – keeping some of us working and all of us fascinated.”

Arsenal are currently in sixth place in the Premier League table as they prepare for their trip to Middlesbrough on Monday night.

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The north London side will still look to finish the season with a trophy as they prepare to take on Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals later this month.

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