Jamie Carragher's Arsenal rant is already a TV classic, with Chris Sutton not far behind
Jamie Carragher opened verbal fire on Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal flops after their 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, in an on-screen rant that is certain to be replayed time and again.
Using damning language to condemn Wenger’s players after their season hit a new low at Selhurst Park, former Liverpool defender Carragher didn’t hold back as he pointed a finger of blame for Arsenal’s miserable at their misfiring star names.
A red-faced Carragher already looked a little hot and bothered before he watched Arsenal’s latest miserable performance after what appeared to be a weekend when he caught a little too much sunshine, with his appearance adding to the impact of this clinical summation.
“Two years ago, I remember Graeme Souness said Arsenal were a team of son in laws, but what father would want their daughter to bring one of them home, I’m serious,” questioned Carragher, as he questioned the attitude and professionalism of Wenger’s players.
“Bottling it, cowards, pulling out of challenges. What type of man? Would you want your daughter to bring one of them home?
“That brings me back to a performance last season where we said afterward, the Chelsea players have chucked it for Jose Mourinho. It looks like the Arsenal players have chucked it. That’s the way it looks to me.”
Carragher did his best to offer some form of defence for Wenger, who again refused to clarify his future after the game with his current contract set to expire at the end of this season.
Yet he appeared to speak for an increasingly vocal majority of Arsenal supporters as he offered this view on the current impasse over Wenger’s position.
“People always talk about Arsene Wenger and they say the fans are split. I don’t think the fans are split. More of them want change and it now looks like the players want change,” he stated.
“I’ve always been a massive admirer of him (Wenger). The class of him, the way be speaks after a game, but I have felt for a while that it is time for a change.
“The club is Arsene Wenger’s from top to bottom, he has been there that long and rightly so, but now the whole club looks a problem. Leadership from the top of the club is not there.
“This acceptance of top four has spread throughout this club. From the minute he came in, they were competing for the title against Man United straight away, if they finished second it was a nightmare season.
“Now, there is an acceptance of fourth. Forget top four, it’s has been a nonsense for five or six years. Got for the trophies, not top four.
“That has affected the whole club and it has affected what they had, even going back to the George Graham era when you knew you had a right game on your hands against them. Now there is weakness there.”
Arsenal midfielder Theo Walcott offered up an apology to the club’s fans after the defeat against Palace, but Carragher was less than impressed by the stand-in captain’s words.
“Walcott’s opening comment was ‘that’s not Arsenal’, but that is Arsenal,” he added. “This thing about well done for coming on TV and talking is rubbish. The same thing, year in, year out.
“If I’m being honest, okay great coming out and talking, but they are looking after themselves. Don’t tell me, show me.”
Meanwhile, former Celtic striker Chris Sutton summed up Wenger's fall from grace, as he suggested he has gone from managing his unbeaten champions of 2004 - who were tagged The Invincibles - to something far less appealing: