Neville: It's like Arsenal's players have no respect for each other

Gary Neville has lambasted Arsenal's display against Stoke.

Gary Neville has not held back in his view on Arsenal's performance at the weekend, offering a withering assessment of the Gunners.

The former Manchester United star felt the team did not play for one another during the 3-2 loss at the Britannia, which saw the club three down at half-time.

He was particularly annoyed by what he viewed as players not tracking back or covering for one another, commenting that watching it 'made his blood boil'.

Neville told SkySports Monday Night Football: "It's like they've no respect of each other at times. You can't abandon each other on the football pitch.

"They played 4-3-3, so why not 4-5-1 when defending. What happened to Chambers against Swansea (previously) should never happen. It happens time and time again and its terrible to watch."

Neville was referring to another recent away defeat for Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium, in which full-back Calum Chambers was isolated and exposed by opposition wingers. Hector Bellerin, playing at right-back against Stoke, fared little better at was substituted at half-time.

While not calling them out specifically, it would appear Neville was particularly frustrated with the attacking midfield trio of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez, for not helping out enough defensively.

  Poss Won Att 3rdPoss Won Mid 3rdPoss Won Def 3rdMins Played
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 1 0 0 90
Santiago Cazorla 0 4 2 90
Alexis Sánchez 0 3 2 90

Of the trio, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the most culpable, failing to win possession back a single time in the middle third of the pitch or his defensive third. 

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