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Graeme Souness slams Arsenal for not being a "proper team" after Watford collapse


Graeme Souness has accused Arsenal of not being a "proper team" after their second-half performance against Watford.

The Gunners raced into a 2-0 lead in the opening period at Vicarage Road, only to concede twice after the break to draw 2-2.

Watford (opens in new tab) took 31 shots on Sunday afternoon, which is the most Arsenal (opens in new tab) have faced in a Premier League game since such data began being collected in 2003/04.

And Souness was unimpressed by the manner of their collapse against Quique Sanchez Flores's side, as well as Unai Emery's choice of substitutions.

"If you're an Arsenal supporter watching that, you must be scratching your head," the former Liverpool (opens in new tab) midfielder told Sky Sports (opens in new tab).

"It was as if this is the first team in the first half, and we'll put the second team on 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 then play like that in the second half. Proper teams just don't do that.

"He brings on kids [Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson]. That was a game where, at 2-1, it was time to dig in and regroup and make sure you're not going to lose the game. And 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, and I think if you're an Arsenal supporter that would deeply worry you."

Emery's side travel to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday, before hosting Aston Villa (opens in new tab) in the Premier League on Sunday.


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Greg Lea
Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).