Carragher : Arsenal are getting worse. Their mentality is still weak

The old Liverpool hero  was on Monday Night Football :

“I’ve always questioned Arsenal’s mentality but I always felt they were good enough. I actually still question their mentality but they’re not good enough now. That’s the big difference. Arsenal are actually getting worse, they’re not getting better.”

Watching the show, I remembered something Philippe Auclair said many years ago, long before MNF hit our TV screens. It was one of those lines that stick in your head. He said: “Of all the players I’ve ever interviewed, the two that know the most about football are Jamie Carragher and Thierry Henry.”

Monday Night Football is a weekly magazine that precedes the live match.

Each topic chosen is deemed by Sky producers to be, at that moment in the season, more important than others on their menu of possibles. So Carra’s comments were not made during a commentary, were not remarks made in the heat of the moment.

That segment is their editorial.

He said, “At the end of last season I called them cowards. Maybe that was being a bit strong. But the stats back me up: 26 points in 26 away games is embarrassing for a team that’s supposed to be one of the top teams in the country.”

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He never misses a training session or a game. That’s why, about three weeks ago, when I was picking a Team To Play For My Life, his was the first name that came to mind.