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Arsenal manager Unai Emery questioned by Gary Neville after Liverpool defeat | Football | Sport


Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s decision to have the Gunners play with a diamond midfield contributed to their downfall, according to Gary Neville.

Arsenal had their moments to go ahead in the game when it was 0-0 but they were eventually punished for their lacklustre finishing and kamikaze defending.

Neville thinks that Arsenal could have benefitted a little better from the 4-3-3 formation that Emery eventually converted to.

“The diamond was a big ask, and it had an element of risk with it particularly in terms of dealing with the full-backs of Liverpool,” he said while commentating.

“The 4-3-3 they’ve now got out there, you wonder how it might have been if he’d have started with that.

“It looks a little bit better balanced.

“There was a period where you just thought the wear on the legs [in the 4-4-2 diamond] was big, in terms of the fatigue setting in, and that does come from the side-to-side movement of chasing the ball.”

Goals from Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah, who scored twice, was enough to propel Liverpool to the top of the league before Lucas Torreira grabbed a late consolation.

It was the third year in a row that Arsenal lost at Anfield, following 4-0 and 5-1 defeats in the two seasons previously.

But Neville doesn’t feel like the Gunners’ loss can be held in the same regard as some of their past defeats to fellow big six clubs.

“It’s difficult when you lose 3-0, it feels like you’ve taken a bit of a doing to take positives from it,” he added.

“But it feels like a… positive 3-0 defeat, if you could argue that. I’ve seen things today from Arsenal that I quite like.



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