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Wilkins: “One of the worst Arsenal sides I’ve ever seen”

Arsenal v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Final
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Former Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins was highly critical of Arsenal following their 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday

Arsene Wenger’s side headed to Wembley hoping to salvage their season with the piece of domestic silverware that has eluded Wenger in his 22 years at the club. However, it was not to be with Sergio Aguero opening the score for City in the 18th minute of the final after a mistake from Shkodran Mustafi.

Things did not improve in the second-half and once City captain Vincent Kompany scored the second goal, it appeared that Arsenal had lost their will to fight and the match was sealed after David Silva added a third seven minutes later.

Afterwards Wilkins conceded that the Arsenal side today was one of the worst he has ever seen and expects them to struggle again when they play host to City at the Emirates on Thursday.

“This isn’t the best Arsenal side I’ve ever seen – in fact it’s one of the worst Arsenal sides I’ve ever seen.” Wilkins told Sky Sports.

“There’s no leaders and you need leaders in dressing rooms. If you don’t have them you’re going to struggle to win anything.

“They face City again on Thursday and whatever team Guardiola puts out I’m sure they’ll beat an Arsenal side that’s looking rather fragile.”

Wilkins also shared his view on Gary Neville’s comments of the Arsenal side being a “disgrace” after their performance at the Carabao Cup final.

“They weren’t very good but they were playing against a very good side. It’s tough because you never play to your maximum in finals. A lot of nerves creep in and a global audience are watching.

“City were very good and were never going to lose the game. Some of the words used against the Arsenal players were, in my opinion, a tad harsh.

“When you’ve been chasing the ball around for long periods you will have to walk, but I see where Gary was coming from. You should be trying to close the opposition down and win the ball back.”