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Jamie Redknapp said he “felt sorry” for Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe after his role in Everton’s winning goal on Saturday.
Pepe faced Yerry Mina in a corner just before half-time at Goodison Park. However, the Toffees defender easily escaped from his marker to land a powerful header on Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
That would prove the winning goal in Everton’s 2-1 win, which accumulated more misery at Arsenal. In fact, they have now only taken eight points out of a possible 33 in their last 11 top flight games.
Speaking in Sky sports‘match coverage, Redknapp crashed ArsenalThe lack of defensive organization for not realizing the “mismatch” between Pepe and Mina.
“When I see Pepe marking Mina, that is a mismatch, lack of organization, lack of leaders,” said the expert (via the Daily mail).
“That is a nightmare position for him. You don’t see David Luiz or anyone taking responsibility. I feel sorry for Pepe because he shouldn’t be in that position ”.
Graeme Souness joined Redknapp to analyze the match and pointed to winger Willian, Pepe’s teammate.
Souness was unhappy with the Brazilian for his lack of effort before Evertonfirst goal. The shot went off as an own goal by Rob Holding after the defender deflected Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header into his net.
“Sprint back please, you have a defensive job,” Souness said.
The expert added that instead of stopping Alex Iwobi’s cross, Willian was just thinking ‘I’ll just trot towards him’.
“Then on the back post [Ainsley] Maitland-Niles and Pepe are not doing their job, ”he said.
“You ask your players to defend alive, and this tells you that Arsenal is in trouble defensively and will continue to be. It’s so avoidable that the best teams don’t concede goals like that. “
Arteta narrates two key moments
Arsenal’s latest poor result saw them remain 15th in the Premier League table.
However, they will be dropped to 16th place if Brighton beat Sheffield United on Sunday.
However, speaking after the defeat, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insisted his team lost after two key moments from their hosts.