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Carragher: These two were shocking and Arsenal's worst players against Everton

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Nacho Monreal and Thomas Vermaelen were singled out by Jamie Carragher in his analysis of Arsenal's performance.

Arsenal are still reeling from their 3-0 defeat at Goodison Park, and while the praise keeps on coming in for Roberto Martinez' side, the same cannot be said for Arsene Wenger's.

Speaking on SkySports Monday Night Football, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher singled out two players as particularly poor performers against Everton.

Unsurprisingly the duo came from Arsenal's backline, which was missing first choice Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs.

Carragher commented: "Monreal and Vermaelen were the two worst players on the pitch.

"Defensively they were shocking at times and bullied by Lukaku.

"They (Everton) battered them on the pitch and you could say Roberto Martinez battered Arsene Wenger tactically really. He had it spot on."

Monreal's performance was also criticised by former Arsenal star Ian Wright a day earlier, when he told BBC 5 Live: "He (Martinez) put Lukaku on one of the weakest players in the Arsenal squad, he hasn't got the strength to challenge him."

While former Tottenham player and manager Glenn Hoddle told SkySports when discussing Lukaku's goal, Everton's second:

"It's a very poor goal to concede. Vermaelen should have done better. He doesn't react. He was too slow getting across to cover, it's not like the old Arsenal back four."

Footballers are often criticised outside the pitch for living in their own bubble, but it is hard to imagine either player will have escaped some of the universal criticism of their performances - and may just have had some home truths pointed out by manager Arsene Wenger after the defeat.

It leaves the players needing to step up in their FA Cup semi-final against Wigan and show a positive reaction, that's if they get the opportunity. Fans will after the weekend's display be crossing their fingers that the duo of Gibbs and Koscielny are judged fit enough to return.

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