Graeme Souness has laid into Arsenal after they “capitulated” against Watford.
Arsenal squandered a two-goal lead at half-time to draw 2-2 with winless Watford, who remain bottom of the Premier League.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice but was then left baffled by his own side’s defending as they contrived to face the most shots they ever have in a Premier League game since Opta stats began.
Granit Xhaka, captain on the day, admitted he and his teammates were “scared”, at which point Souness’s head almost flew clean off.
“If you were an Arsenal supporter watching that, you must be scratching your head,” he said.
“It’s as if this is the first team in the first half but then a second team in the second half…they capitulated.
“Proper teams don’t play like that. Proper teams don’t have a half like that in the first half and play like that in the second half. Proper teams just don’t do that.
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“They bring on some kids in a game that, at 2-1, it was time to dig in and regroup and make sure they don’t lose the game.
“They should have lost the game in the second half because when the kids came on they were all over the place. It was like a game of basketball.
“I think if you were an Arsenal supporter, that would deeply worry you.
“Who are the big personalities there?
“He [Xhaka] said they were scared. I was never scared in a game of football in my life. I just don’t understand that.”