Graeme Souness blames Arsene Wenger for Mohamed Elneny’s defensive mistakes after Arsenal’s defeat to Burnley

Graeme Souness says ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger should carry some blame for Mohamed Elneny's mistakes
Graeme Souness says ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger should carry some blame for Mohamed Elneny (Sky/Getty)

Graeme Souness believes Arsene Wenger should shoulder some blame for Mohamed Elneny’s poor defensive skills following Arsenal’s defeat to Burnley on Sunday evening.

Mikel Arteta’s side are now without a win in their last five Premier League games after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s own goal handed Burnley victory at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners had Granit Xhaka sent off and were lucky to see Elneny remain on the pitch after he pushed his hands into James Tarkowski’s face during a corner.

And Souness has slammed Arsenal’s coaching staff, including Wenger, for failing to teach Elneny how to defend at set-pieces.

‘That has to go back to Arsene Wenger. He signed him,’ Souness told Sky Sports.

‘Whoever signed him and worked with him for a period of time.

Referee Graham Scott shows a yellow card to Mohamed Elneny of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Burnley
Mohamed Elneny was fortunate to stay on the pitch after pushing James Tarkowski in the face (Getty)

‘Him or his coaches have got to say this is how you mark.

‘You’re setting your team up yesterday defensively. Who in his staff has thought it would be a good idea for Elneny to be a marker at a set-piece when Elneny is ignoring the ball completely and just staring at his man and pushes the guy down, he goes down pretending he’s been pushed. He should have been sent off there.

‘Who has looked at the situation and thought ‘he could be one of our markers?’. If he does that once you don’t have him anywhere near marking a player.

‘That guy’s 28 years old. Someone in his staff must have seen that and thought, ‘not sure about that boss, let’s put someone else there’.

‘Someone on his staff has to go, ‘that’s down to me’. Did you ever play with a player who did that? I never.

‘You learn at 15, 16 how to mark properly and if you’ve got half a brain it’s in your head forever.

‘Don’t tell me that Elneny’s not marked someone in the past at a set-piece for Arsenal and shown signs that he might not be very good.

‘They could easily have gone down to nine men tonight, and in my opinion should have gone down to nine men.

‘Someone in the coaching staff must have seen that in him and thought ‘we can’t have him anywhere near marking someone.’

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