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Souness explains why Arsenal are “in trouble” by pointing finger at culprits

Graeme Souness admitted Arsenal are “in trouble” as he criticised the performances of three players in the first half of the clash with Everton.

The Gunners went into the interval 2-1 down thanks to a Rob Holding own-goal and Yerry Mina’s header.

Holding diverted a cross into his own net before Arsenal drew themselves level through Nicolas Pepe’s penalty.

But Mina headed in from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s corner on the stroke of half-time to restore the hosts’ lead.

Souness claimed both goals were “so avoidable” and only served to show Arsenal are not a “top team” as he assessed the first half.

Souness took aim at Pepe along with Willian and Maitland-Niles

Souness told Sky Sports : “Look at Willian. Sprint back please. Sprint back. You’ve got a job to do defensively, Willian. Now try and stop this cross, Willian. Watch: ‘I’ll just jog towards them’.

“Then, at the back post, watch Richarlison. [Ainsley] Maitland-Niles and Pepe aren’t doing their job. On another day Richarlison’s got a tap in to an empty net.

Arsenal are making “avoidable” mistakes, claims Souness

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“You know when you’re defending, every player [should] defend with their lives. That tells you Arsenal are in trouble defensively and will continue to be in trouble defensively because the second goal highlights it again

“It’s so avoidable. Top teams don’t concede goals like that.”

Souness’ criticism of the Gunners’ players echoed his pre-match claim that they have as few as two stars with the quality to win titles.

He said: “You’ve got to invest, have some of the best players around if you’re Arsenal. Size of the club, in London, the funds they have at their disposal I would like to think.

“But they’re just not good enough. You can go through their team as I did last week.

“If you’re looking to win things you’ve got maybe two or three, four maximum players that are good enough to do that. And that’s the top and bottom of it.”

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