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Arsenal: Gunners were 'shambolic' at Everton and must find character quickly

Jamie Redknapp - Jamie Redknapp Posted 6th April 2014 view comments

Jamie Redknapp brandished Arsenal's display against Everton as "shambolic" as the Gunners slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Goodison Park and saw the Toffess close to within one point of them.

Steven Naismith, Romelu Lukaku and an own goal from former Everton man Mikel Arteta earned the hosts a comprehensive win and the Merseysiders - with a game in hand - are now within touching distance of fourth-placed Arsenal.

Aaron Ramsy's return from injury did not stop Arsenal going down to Everton

Aaron Ramsy's return from injury did not stop Arsenal going down to Everton

Redknapp was impressed by the Blues' performance but was scathing of the Londoners' and says he has sympathy for the club's supporters after another humiliating result on the road.

"That was shambolic," he told Sky Sports.

"Arsenal have conceded 20 goals combined at Everton, Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool and how can you have a chance of getting anywhere if you do that?

I've never seen them play so easy-oasy with and without the ball. It was lacklustre, there was no zip to their play, and they looked disorganised at the back.

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"I feel sorry for the fans that have had to see that today [Sunday] as it is the same story, so Arsenal need to show character and get players back because it looks like things could all go wrong for them.

"They have to win against Wigan in the FA Cup next week, but anyone who has seen Wigan this season knows that won't be easy and if they play like they did against Everton they will lose."


Everton, meanwhile, have won six Premier League games on the spin, matching the club record from 2002, and Redknapp feels the Toffees are a better side now than they were under Davis Moyes.

The former Liverpool and Tottenham star was struck by Roberto Martinez's men's verve and compared them to the team Arsene Wenger had at his disposal a few years ago.

"Everton have so much quality but the biggest compliment I can give them is that they remind me of the Arsenal of old," added Redknapp.

"They have pace, energy, excitement, and play from the back - and they ambushed Arsenal time and time again.

"Moyes did well but Martinez has taken them to another level and he is always looking to dictate and change games, so I think he is different class."

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