‘Passive’ Arsenal have been simply ‘not good enough’ this season, says Jamie Redknapp, as he insists the Emirates would be a ‘toxic’ environment if fans were able to watch Mikel Arteta’s side
- Jamie Redknapp has slammed Arsenal following their lacklustre campaign
- The Gunners languish in 9th in the league and crashed out of the Europa League
- And the Sky Sports pundit says Mikel Arteta’s have not been ‘good enough’
- He added that the Emirates Stadium would be ‘toxic’ if fans were attending
Jamie Redknapp has slammed Arsenal’s poor 2020-21 campaign, insisting that Mikel Arteta’s side will be thankful that fans have not been at the Emirates Stadium to voice their grumblings after a lacklustre season.
The north Londoners have been on a steady decline for some time, however this season has seen Arteta’s side languish in 9th position and crash out of the Europa League in the semi-final to Unai Emery’s Villarreal.
The Gunners must win all of their final three league games, starting at Chelsea tonight, if they are to salvage a place in Europe next season, but it looks likely that Arsenal will miss out for the first time in 26 years.
Jamie Redknapp has slammed Arsenal’s lacklustre 2020-21 campaign as ‘not good enough’
The Gunners languish in 9th in the league and crashed out of the Europa League last week
And Redknapp says that the Gunners ‘should be doing better’ and that the players and manager will be grateful that fans have been unable to voice their displeasure at the Emirates Stadium this season.
‘Still disappointing, whatever way you dress it up. Not good enough,’ Redknapp said on Sky Sports. ‘To be in 9th position, 52 points, I don’t think it is the greatest squad in the league but they should be doing better.
‘He has been helped by out by the young players. Apart from them I can’t see many players looking in the mirror and saying I did my bit this year.
‘They are very passive when they play. They are not an enjoyable watch. I think it hasn’t helped any players, any team, not having fans in the stadium.
Sky Sports pundit Redknapp said the Gunners ‘should be doing better’ in stinging remarks
The former Spurs star said that the Gunners will be thankful fans are not at the Emirates
‘But to a certain extent to Arsenal I think it is a bit of a result because that place would have been toxic watching the football they have this year.’
Arsenal fans are desperate for owner Stan Kroenke to invest money in the team in a bid to push them back up the table, amid interest from Spotify billionaire Daniel Ek in taking over the north London club.
However, Redknapp believes that it will take some time for the Gunners to be fighting for a place in the top four again.
‘Fans want Kroenke out and Daniel Ek in with investment but you look at this team and think where are they going to come next season? Are they going to push for top four next year? I can’t see it, I really don’t.
He added that Arteta’s job has been saved by the performances of young stars coming through
‘So he [Arteta] has got a lot of thinking to do but I think the young players have genuinely kept him in his job to an extent, they have been a shining light of this team.’
Former Arsenal and Chelsea defender Ashley Cole concurred with Redknapp, claiming that the Gunners’ lack of quality in midfield and up top has hampered them this season.
‘When Mikel Arteta came to the club he shored up the defence but again now in the middle third and final third they are lacking that quality and intensity to go and grab a game,’ he added.
‘Next season, will they invest? They need to invest if they want to go the next step and play the Arsenal way, they need changes.’
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