Former midfielder Dietmar Hamann has criticised Aaron Ramsey for his performance after the Gunners squandered a three goal lead against Anderlecht on Tuesday night.
The North London club looked on course to book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League after taking a 3-0 lead but a second-half fightback from the Belgian team stunned the Emirates as they snatched a 3-3 draw in north London.
Hamman felt that Arsenal’s naive approach to the game cost them dearly and singled out Welsh midfielder Ramsey as the main culprit for the collapse.
According to the Metro, he said:
The naivety is staggering. They were still attacking at 3-0, 3-1 with five and six men at a time.
All they were interested in was scoring goals, they didn’t think about the team’s success, the win. In the end they got the ultimate punishment.
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It’s not acceptable for a team that wants to win trophies at the highest level.
One thing I learned in football early on was that if you need a rest, you take it at the back. You don’t run forward so you can’t get back. In the end they attacked with five, six players, all interested in scoring.
The main culprit was Ramsey. He wanted to get on the score sheet. He wasn’t interested in the team’s success, whether the team was going to win or not concede and secure the three points.
They wanted to get on the score sheet and in the end they got punished.
The Welshman was back in the starting line-up after a two-game absence and couldn’t quite find his rhythm, despite working hard and making plenty of intelligent runs out towards the right-hand side. His passing was not up to the mark and he looks to have lost a yard of pace. He is definitely lacking in confidence right now, but he needs to be patient and work to find top form once again.
I totally disagree with Hamann, as there is no point in blaming Ramsey alone for the collapse. The whole midfield wasn’t present past the hour mark and each one of them bear equal responsibility for the result. He was truly not at his best, but that was just one the reasons for the draw and not the the sole reason.
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