Rio Ferdinand has criticised Arsenal’s players after their draw with Burnley at the weekend, describing them as a ‘promiscuous girlfriend’ that Mikel Arteta ‘cannot trust’.
The Gunners took an early lead at Turf Moor on Saturday but were undone by yet another mistake as Granit Xhaka gifted Burnley an equaliser, passing the ball straight to Chris Wood inside the box as the ball ricocheted into the back of the net.
Arsenal are currently marooned in tenth place in the Premier League table, 12 points adrift of the top four, and Manchester United legend Ferdinand was scathing in his assessment of the Gunners after their latest slip up and even took a pop at Thomas Partey’s injury record.
‘They should definitely have had a penalty, the decision was a disgrace, VAR has become a laughing stock, it’s ruining our game,’ said Ferdinand on his Vibe with FIVE YouTube series.
An error has occurred, please try again later Error code 200 ‘But it doesn’t paper over the cracks at Arsenal. They had all the chances to finish the game off, they could have finished the game off well before.’
He continued: ‘If [Bukayo] Saka’s not doing it, Arsenal haven’t performed this year. ‘But Arteta must look at the squad like a promiscuous girlfriend. He just must lack so much trust and faith in them. He can’t trust them at all, because he doesn’t know what’s going to happen at the moment. Arsenal legend Thierry Henry admits he ‘dreams’ of managing two clubs ‘He could do the best team talk of his life but they’re going to go out there and do their own thing and it doesn’t seem to be coming together.
‘The mad thing is I like Arsenal, I love some of the players there: Auba, Saka, Martinelli, Smith Rowe. I can go on and on with all these names. ‘Partey, that’s another one, he’s never fit! He keeps coming back and breaking down! Arsenal face a huge fight just to qualify for Europe this season
‘They’ve got good players there but for some reason, I don’t know what’s happening, it just isn’t coming together consistently at the moment.’ Stressing the importance of bolstering the squad this summer, Ferdinand added:
‘I like Arteta, I want him to do well, I just think that recruitment is going to be big in this next window.’
The Gunners now face a massive week both domestically and in Europe, with a Europa League last-16 away tie against Olympiakos – who knocked them out of the competition last season – on Thursday followed by the north London derby against Tottenham.