18 Oct

Jamie Carragher says Arsenal cannot keep a clean sheet against Liverpool so must go all-out attack

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 24 Aug 2019 7:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link343Shares Comment The former Liverpool defender believes Arsenal’s front two can hurt the Reds (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher has encouraged Unai Emery to take a more attacking approach when Arsenal travel to Anfield on Saturday and feels their only hope of a result is to out-score Liverpool.The Gunners have failed to win on their last six trips to Anfield, letting in 22 goals in the process, while they conceded five on their last visit despite Emery naming a cautious starting XI with just Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front.But Carragher believes Arsenal are extremely unlikely to keep a clean sheet and need to play with two up top and try to exploit a Liverpool defence that has looked vulnerable at the start of the season. Advertisement Emery lined up very defensively last time at Anfield but still shipped five goals (Picture: Getty)‘But if Liverpool are anywhere near their best, I fully expect them to go on and win the game, but it will just be interesting to see how Unai Emery sets up for the game.’He added: ‘I look at that back four and think it may not get the protection that it needs, so really when you look at the back four I think they’ll still concede goals it’s just whether they can actually hurt Liverpool.‘And that is the big thing. If Liverpool continue with the high line, will Arsenal be brave enough – or will Unai Emery be brave enough – to actually say, “I’m going with my attacking players, we want to get goals”.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Jamie Carragher says Arsenal cannot keep a clean sheet against Liverpool so must go all-out attack Carragher wants to see Aubameyang and Lacazette partnered together (Picture: Getty)Speaking on Sky Sports, he explained: ‘You have to respect Anfield of course and Arsenal’s record there is horrendous over the last six years, I think they’ve conceded 22 goals. They haven’t just lost games there, they’ve been completely rolled over.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘But when I’ve looked at Arsenal last season, I still look at the back four now. I think it’s improved from last season, but you still think you can’t see Arsenal keeping a clean sheet – I’d be very surprised if they do.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘So for Arsenal to get something from the game they’ve got to get a goal, a goal or two you’d expect, so [Nicolas] Pepe he’s still on the bench, but I’d like to see the Arsenal manager Unai Emery actually go with [Alexandre] Lacazette and Aubameyang.‘I was crying out for that at times last season at certain away games. I think they have got the firepower to actually damage Liverpool, certainly if Liverpool defend how they have done in the last two games.last_img read more

20 Sep

Taylor calls for Toon to tighten up

Steven Taylor thinks Newcastle will lose again on Sunday if they do not tame the “beast” that is Everton striker Romelu Lukaku. Sloppy defending allowed United to bag all three points, much to Taylor’s dismay. The Newcastle defender felt his team-mates were too much in awe of the stellar cast of players on show for United. “We made it far too easy for them. We showed them too much respect,” Taylor said. “We should have been right in their faces and put a few tackles in during the first five or 10 minutes like we did against Chelsea. “We need to put pressure on the opposition. We need to test them out. “If you give them that much respect, anyone can look good and we made them look good.” A repeat performance against Everton, could prove costly, according to Taylor. The Toffees suffered a shock home defeat to Stoke on Boxing Day, but the Toon centre-back is wary of the talented players Roberto Martinez has at his disposal – chief among them Lukaku. The pressure is back on Alan Pardew after his team stretched their losing streak to four matches in all competitions with a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United on Boxing Day. Ayoze Perez and Daryl Janmaat had chances to score for the Magpies and the visitors were unlucky not to be given a penalty in the first half when Juan Mata tripped Yoan Gouffran. “He is an absolute beast – a top player,” Taylor said of the big Belgian. “And they have players like (Ross) Barkley, another top player. “They have good players left, right and centre that will hurt you if you give them time on the ball, so it’s up to us to stand up and put our head in the way.” Midfielder Cheick Tiote returns from suspension for the clash. Goalkeepers Tim Krul (ankle) and Rob Elliot (thigh) are out and there are doubts over midfielders Mehdi Abeid (toe) and Siem de Jong (thigh), who missed the 3-1 Boxing Day defeat to Manchester United. Rolando Aarons (hamstring), Gabriel Obertan (thigh) and Ryan Taylor (knee) remain on the sidelines. Meanwhile, Everton boss Roberto Martinez feels the way his side now react to suffering their first back-to-back Barclays Premier League losses this season will be vital to how their campaign pans out overall. After being beaten 3-0 at Southampton last Saturday and then 1-0 at home by Stoke on Boxing Day, the Toffees – who came fifth last term and had been targeting the Champions League places this time around – are 12th in the table, 11 points off the top four. They have only won one of their last six league games, with four of those ending in defeat, and struggled to create much going forward in what was a physical encounter with the Potters. And ahead of the trip to St James’ Park, the Spaniard said: “I don’t think in general we are lacking confidence, but I think this is a moment of the season that is pivotal for us – seeing how we can react. “The reaction now has to be that we make sure we know what we are doing. “We have a real understanding of how to perform and if we can keep that, the results will come. “But football gives you these sorts of challenges, and this is the challenge of the season. “We need to make sure we get through this period stronger than ever, and that could really give us a very strong second half of the season.” Goalkeeper Tim Howard and skipper Phil Jagielka were forced off at half-time due to calf and ankle problems respectively and look likely to miss the Newcastle game. Additionally, Jagielka’s fellow centre-back John Stones and winger Kevin Mirallas are doubtful due to knocks they picked up in the Boxing Day match. The fixture also saw forward Steven Naismith receive a fifth Premier League booking of the season, meaning he will be suspended for Sunday’s encounter. Press Association read more