Jamie Carragher has lashed out at Mathieu Flamini following our 2-1 win over Everton this past Saturday evening, criticising the French midfielder for his ill discipline.
The Arsenal man was brought on as a second half substitute to shore things up a little, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain being sacrificed. Flamini seemed less focused on his defensive duties though, and seemed determined to get himself on the scoresheet.
He regularly found himself high up the field and in the box looking to score, and seemed unwilling to track back, neglecting his defensive duties – not great qualities in a defensive midfielder.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher was among those who took note of his poor decisions, and took to Twitter to berate the ill disciplined star.
Gibbs just told Flamini to stay in midfield, I’m sure Wenger did the same but he wasn’t listening!
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) October 24, 2015
Flamini has just overlapped on the right wing then Everton counter!!! What is he doing. — Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) October 24, 2015
Thankfully it didn’t cost us in the end, as the team were able to hold out for the win – taking us top of the table.
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And to Flamini’s credit, he got in a number of excellent goalscoring positions. He really should have done better when he got a free header in the box, but somehow hit it straight at Tim Howard.
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You can see why Arsene Wenger continues to stick with Francis Coquelin in midfield – despite fatigue clearly setting in – as Flamini is clearly incapable of doing the role justice.