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Neville in tirade against unconvincing Arsenal

2017-04-03 13:42
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Cape Town - Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville laid into Arsenal trio Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny, and Theo Walcott following the 2-2 draw with Manchester City.

Neville criticised all three players, claiming that Ozil didn't show enough commitment, Koscielny wasn't prepared to play through the pain, and Walcott's performance and attitude wasn't good enough.

"Arsene Wenger has touched on the chance Mesut Ozil had and I might be being a bit harsh with three things here, but I'm going to say them anyway," Neville told Sky Sports.

"Mesut Ozil goes through on goal and bottles out of a challenge when his manager's backside is on the line. Go for a 50-50 or nick in front and get the penalty - win the ball.

"Koscielny - he always goes off. He is a centre-back. He plays to half-time and then goes off.

"He might have a bit of a problem with his Achilles and I might be being very harsh, but he went off against Bayern Munich and went off in this big game.

"Arsene Wenger deserved for Koscielny to at least have a go for five minutes in the second half. 'Go on mate, have a go for us'. No, he didn't."

On Walcott looking annoyed about being substituted, he added: "Walcott trudges off the pitch. He hasn't played well, but his attitude is, 'I have scored a goal, you shouldn't take me off.' Yes you should, because you were poor and that is a matter of fact."

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