Arsenal slammed by Graeme Souness after their capitulation against Watford leads to a draw 

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‘Proper teams don’t play like that… it was like a semi-professional side’: Arsenal slammed by Graeme Souness after their second-half capitulation against Watford leads to a draw

  • Arsenal fell to a late draw against Watford at Vicarage Road after a comeback
  • The Gunners led at half time after goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 
  • However a fight back from the Hornets meant the spoils were shared 
  • Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness made his view clear on Arsenal’s defence 

Graeme Souness has launched a scathing attack on Arsenal after Unai Emery’s side failed to hold onto a two-goal lead in Sunday afternoon’s draw against Watford.

Arsenal had led 2-0 in the first half after a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Gunners a comfortable half-time lead.

However Watford fought back in the second half as strikes from Tom Cleverley and Roberto Pereyra gave the Hornets a valuable point in Quique Sanchez Flores’ first match since returning as manager at Vicarage Road. 

Graeme Souness has launched a scathing attack on Arsenal after their draw at Watford

Graeme Souness has launched a scathing attack on Arsenal after their draw at Watford

And Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness has laid into Arsenal’s notoriously leaky defence for letting the game slip. 

‘They capitulated. Proper teams don’t play like that,’ he said. ‘They brought on some kids. That was a game when it was 2-1 and it was time to dig in. When the kids came on it was all over the place, it was like a game of basketball.

‘Persisting with playing out from the back was going to cost them a goal, and they were lucky it was only one.’

A second half capitulation meant that the Gunners let a two goal lead slip at Vicarage Road

A second half capitulation meant that the Gunners let a two goal lead slip at Vicarage Road

Arsenal players were dejected after giving away their first half advantage on Sunday

Arsenal players were dejected after giving away their first half advantage on Sunday

The former Liverpool captain, who is best known for his ability to marshal a midfield, has slammed Arsenal’s midfield trio of Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi and Dani Ceballos for being overrun in the middle of the park.  

‘Doucoure and Capoue completely dominated Arsenal’s midfield in the second half.

‘They were warned about it. This was coming. Sloppy, sloppy play. Even if gets that, Guendouzi, what is he going to do with it. It’s plainly not working. Change it.

‘Arsenal today in that second half were like a semi-professional team. They weren’t learning from their mistakes. Players today are reluctant to take responsibility for the decisions out there.’

Unai Emery will be ruing the fact Arsenal dropped points and missed the chance to go into the top four ahead of Manchester United and arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur. 

A first half brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Gunners a comfortable lead

A first half brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Gunners a comfortable lead

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