Carragher did not mince his words when speaking in the Sky Sports studio.
Former Liverpool centre back and current Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher knows a thing or two about defending – and he used that knowledge to tear apart the weekend performance of Arsenal centre back Per Mertesacker during his slot on Monday Night Football.
Mertesacker was the senior members of an Arsenal defence that included teenagers Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers at the weekend – and Carragher felt that the German international let his young teammates down and “abandoned ship” during the Gunners’ dreadful first half showing at the Britannia Stadium:
“This is your captain on the day and you talk about leadership, you talk about the character that Wenger always goes on about after the game. He’s abandoned ship.”
“He’s left the young players on their own and abandoned ship. It’s just not acceptable.”