Jamie Redknapp blasts ‘sleeping’ Arsenal star Kieran Tierney for ‘turning his back’ in West Ham goal

A dejected Kieran Tierney of Arsenal reacts at full time during the Premier League match between Burnley and Arsenal at Turf Moor on March 6, 2021 in Burnley, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Tierney was criticised by Redknapp (Picture: AMA/Getty)

Jamie Redknapp was unimpressed with Arsenal’s defence ‘sleeping’ in the buildup to West Ham’s second goal and singled out Kieran Tierney for specific criticism.

The Hammers were already 1-0 up after a 15th-minute Jesse Lingard strike and conceded just two minutes later in disastrous fashion.

With Arsenal players sluggishly retreating and not concentrating after a foul, Lingard was allowed to play a smart, quick free-kick to Jarrod Bowen, who fired the ball past Bernd Leno to put West Ham in control.

Thomas Soucek then added a third before deflecting Alexandre Lacazette’s strike into his own net to give the Gunners an ounce of hope.

In his half-time analysis, Redknapp was critical of Tierney for his involvement in West Ham’s second, as he ‘turned his back’ to the ball to ‘moan’ at his Arsenal team-mates.

And he accused the entire backline of not ‘doing their job’ in a calamitous goal.

‘Watch Jesse Lingard, how bright and alive he is,’ Redknapp told Sky Sports. ‘Everyone else is sleeping.

Jamie Redknapp criticised Kieran Tierney for his role in West Ham's second goal.

‘He gets on the ball, he surveys the situation and plays fast.

‘That’s what you want to do. That’s a bright football mind.

‘Look at the flip side from Arsenal’s point of view. As soon as the ball goes dead, not one person engages.

‘Nobody organises. Tierney, who we all talk about in glowing terms, he’s turned his back, he’s moaning.

‘Everyone in that Arsenal defence isn’t doing their job. It’s a really good finish from Jarrod Bowen.’

Redknapp was far from impressed with Arsenal’s first-half performance as a whole, with the Gunners 3-1 down by half-time.

‘They’ve been diabolical. They have been so abject defensively,’ he added.

Tomas Soucek of West Ham United celebrates with Jesse Lingard after scoring their side's third goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at London Stadium on March 21, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
West Ham ran riot in the first half (Picture: Getty)

‘They’ve not laid a glove on anyone. They should be dead and buried.

‘They’ve been awful, especially considering how well they played against Tottenham.’

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