Gary Neville slams Mikel Arteta for tearing up Arsenal’s game plan with a ‘desperate’ treble change after 74 minutes in the Man United defeat… as he says the Gunners showed ‘naivety’ and ‘deserved to lose’.
- Gary Neville slammed Mikel Arteta’s second-half move in Man United defeat
- Arsenal fell behind after a second-half goal from Marcus Rashford
- The Gunners boss then opted for an ultra-offensive triple switch
- But Arsenal’s attacking mentality was taken advantage of and United scored again
Gary Neville has slammed Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta for his “desperate” tactical changes during Sunday’s defeat by Manchester United that ended a 100 per cent start to the new season.
United took the lead in the first half through £85.5million new signing Antony but the Premier League leaders fought back well and equalized through Bukayo Saka after the break.
However, Erik ten Hag’s team responded just minutes later as Marcus Rashford put the home side back in front after 66 minutes.
Gary Neville slammed Mikel Arteta’s tactical decisions in Arsenal’s defeat by Man United
The Spanish manager tore up his game plan with a triple substitution after 74 minutes on Sunday
With his team looking for an equalizer again at Old Trafford, Arteta opted for an ultra-offensive triple substitution after 74 minutes.
The Spaniard opted to replace Martin Odegaard, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Oleksandr Zinchenko with Emile Smith Rowe, Fabio Vieira and Eddie Nketiah.
However, the Arsenal manager’s decision to switch things up and go broke in search of a second goal would prove unwise.
United used the Gunners’ newfound space back on the counterattack, with Bruno Fernandes playing through an up-and-coming Christian Eriksen who put the ball on Marcus Rashford for United’s third goal, effectively ending the game.
Emile Smith Rowe replaced Martin Odegaard as the Gunners watched the game at Old Trafford
Fabio Vieira came on for Oleksandr Zinchenko, who was injured recently
After the game, Neville expressed his confusion over Arteta’s second-half substitutions, calling the Gunners “naive”.
The Sky Sports pundit said: “At 2-1 there was no need to go so desperately so early.
With 20 minutes to go I was like, ‘This could be 4-1 or 5-1. United actually got more solid with Fred and Casemiro coming in. And they just counterattacked. I don’t think you had to leave so desperately.
“What shocked Arsenal was the second goal. It came against the flow of play and Arsenal didn’t handle that point well in the game. They deserved to lose the game because they never got over the second goal.
“Arsenal, if they had continued playing like this, they would have come back into the game.
“Once they lost their form with all those substitutions, United would always get the third goal on counter-attack.”
Eddie Nketiah came forward but failed to threaten David da Gea in United’s goal
United took advantage of the extra counter space, allowing Marcus Rashford to score his second goal
Neville continued to allude to Arteta’s tactical “naivety” and questioned whether the club can continue the form that has led them in the Premier League since week three.
“Last year, Arsenal, that lack of maturity was the issue,” he added.
“They have undoubtedly shown a lack of maturity in the last 20 minutes.
“I really liked them today. I like to watch them, they are better than last season.
“But against Tottenham towards the end of last season they were played a bit. There was naivety in those last 20 minutes today.’
Arsenal will be looking to recover from a disappointing defeat at Old Trafford when they travel to FC Zürich on Thursday to start their Europa League season.
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