Gary Neville hits out at Arsenal trio after draw

Matt Stead

Gary Neville has hit out at Laurent Koscielny, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil after Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City.

The Gunners came from behind twice to salvage a draw at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, but a point does little to serve their hopes of Champions League qualification.

Arsene Wenger’s side are now sixth, seven points behind fourth-placed City, and with familiarity breeding boredom, not contempt. We have 16 Conclusions from a weird match.

Neville did not hold back in his post-match criticism.

“I might be being a bit harsh here, but I’m going to say them anyway,” he told Sky Sports.

“Koscielny always goes off. He’s a centre-back. He plays to half-time and then goes off.

“He might have a bit of a problem with his Achilles and I might be being very harsh, but he went off against Bayern Munich and went off in a big game today.

“Walcott trudges off the pitch. He hasn’t played well, but his attitude is, ‘I’ve scored a goal, you shouldn’t take me off.’ Yes you should, you were poor and that’s a matter of fact.

“Mesut Ozil goes through on goal and bottles out of a challenge when his manager’s backside is on the line. Go for a 50-50 or nick in front and win a penalty.

“There’s three instances today and I’m being harsh, but if you’re talking about throwing the cat among the pigeons, let’s do it. Let’s throw it out there.

“Arsene Wenger deserved for Koscielny to at least have a go for five minutes in the second half. Go on mate, have a go for us. No, he didn’t.

“Theo Walcott should sprint off the pitch and shake the manager’s hand and say, ‘Thanks very much for giving me a game today. I’m lucky.’

“Mesut Ozil should go for a 50-50 with the goalkeeper. That would help, wouldn’t it?”