Former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes that Arsenal are always “bullied by teams”.
Redknapp made the comments following the Gunners’ 3-2 defeat to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.
Hosts Stoke went 3-0 up by half time and made things tough for the Gunners, who restored some respectability to the scoreline with two goals in the second period.
“It is hard to get bullied in modern-day football, the rules are so strict,” the 41-year-old wrote in The Daily Mail. “But Arsenal seem to always get bullied by teams.
“Take nothing away from Stoke City, they deserved their win, they just had more desire and quality than Arsenal. Arsene Wenger’s side were beaten to every ball and out-muscled at every opportunity.
“Stoke’s defence looked like it was well-drilled but Arsenal’s back four looked like they were thrown together. I played against Steve Bould, Wenger’s assistant, when he was a centre back and it must make him sick to see that.”
Arsenal looked like an average team in the first half, with their defending all over the place. Playing Stoke at the Britannia is never easy and the Gunners have struggled there in the past, but on Saturday they seemed to hit a new low.
But then again, Arsenal struggling defensively is not new, is it?