Jermaine Jenas slams Mikel Arteta’s after Arsenal’s dour defeat to Liverpool

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Mikel Arteta’s side were well below-par (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Former Tottenham ace Jermaine Jenas has slammed Mikel Arteta’s tactics after Arsenal’s abysmal performance in a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool.

Arteta’s side were comprehensibly beaten by an under-strength Liverpool, with Diogo Jota scoring either side of a Mohamed Salah strike.

The Spaniard admitted after the defeat that it was one of the worst performances his side had produced since he took charge 18 months ago, with Arteta apologising to supporters for the display.

Arsenal started with Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Martin Odegaard and Nicolas Pepe in attack but the Gunners mustered just two strikes on target as they collapsed to a 12th defeat of the season.

And Jenas admits he was baffled by Arteta’s tactics, having expected the Gunners to be on the front foot given the Spaniard’s attacking team selection.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang didn’t have a chance of note (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

‘I watched a team today that didn’t believe in the tactics set out by Mikel Arteta, I thought the body language from Arsenal players was poor,’ said Jenas.

‘I’m struggling to figure out why you’re playing [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, [Alexandre] Lacazette, [Martin] Odegaard, [Nicolas] Pepe – all these attacking players and not actually playing on the front foot.

‘This pretty much summed it up for me, you’ve got Pepe with his hand in his air asking for it to be kicked up the pitch, but who actually wants the ball?

‘You’ve got Odegaard in a good position behind Fabinho, slide that ball forward, get in the pocket, but they didn’t have any urgency to get on the ball or help the person on the ball.

‘I imagine Arsenal fans are sick of this now.’

Arsenal’s night went from bad to worse as Kieran Tierney was forced off with a knee injury.

The Gunners’ season rests on their Europa League campaign and the Scot is now likely to miss Thursday’s clash against Slavia Prague.

The left-back was in severe discomfort as he made his way from the field and Arteta admitted afterwards that he had sustained a knee injury.

‘Kieran felt something in his knee and he was in pain,” Mikel Arteta told reporters after the game. 

‘It looks like he will be injured, but we don’t know for how long.’

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