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Report: Souness berates semi-professional Arsenal

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Graeme Souness did not hold back and called Arsenal “semi-professional” in his brutal analysis of their performance against Watford.

Graeme Souness berated Arsenal’s performance in the most brutal of ways after the North London club threw away a first-half lead against Watford.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in the first half, and all appeared to be going well for Unai Emery and his team.

The second half though was a very different story and saw Tom Cleverley and Roberto Pereyra score goals after the Hornets dominated the second 45 minutes.

The second half performance from the Gunners was so bad, Watford were actually unlucky not to take all three points from the game.

Souness is renowned for his very open and sometimes controversial analysis.

He did not hold back on his words in his post-match analysis with Sky Sports where he expressed his dismay at what he saw.

Souness said:

“Their manager after that game will be thinking that he has two different teams.”

“They capitulated in the second half, Arsenal, they didn’t win a challenge.”

“If you’re an Arsenal supporter watching that you must be scratching your head, it was two different teams.”

“Proper teams don’t play like that, proper teams don’t have a half like the first half and then play like that in the second half, proper teams just don’t do that.”

“They were bringing on kids, that was a game where at 2-1 it was time to dig in and regroup and make sure they’re not going to lose the game.”

“When the kids came on they were all over the place, it was like a game of basketball.”

“If you’re an Arsenal supporter that would deeply worry you, they were so bad in the second half.”

Souness continued:

“Arsenal in that second half were like a semi-professional team playing football.”

“By that I mean they were not learning from their mistakes time and time and time again.”

“Players today are reluctant to take the responsibility to make decisions out there, they are waiting for the manager to tell them and that stunk of that out there today.”

“They were getting warnings and did nothing about it, nobody on the pitch said this is how we want to play but it’s plainly not working, let’s go long for a bit.”

There has been rumour and talk of unrest at Arsenal over Unai Emery’s tactics and man-management of the team.

The club backed their manager heavily this summer and will expect results.

New signings David Luis and Nicolas Pepe have come in for some criticism of late, after some average performances at best.

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WATFORD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: Joe Willock of Arsenal reacts after the Premier League match between Watford FC and Arsenal FC at Vicarage Road on September 15, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)