Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher heavily criticised Mathieu Flaimini on Twitter during the latter stages of Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Everton due to his ill-discipline and naivety.
The France international replaced the attack-minded Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with around 10 minutes remaining, a smart move as the Gunners were looking to protect their lead.
However, Everton had a number of late opportunities to steal a point as they found space in the final third which really shouldn’t have been afforded to them.
Flamini was seemingly brought on to shore up the middle and play alongside Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin, yet at one point he was overlapping down the wing before the Toffees countered.
Writing on Twitter during the final stages of the clash, Carragher was baffled by Flamini’s actions and pointed out that his teammates were probably wondering what he was doing.
Gibbs just told Flamini to stay in midfield, I'm sure Wenger did the same but he wasn't listening!— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) octubre 24, 2015
Flamini has just overlapped on the right wing then Everton counter!!! What is he doing.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) octubre 24, 2015
Fortunately for Flamini, Everton couldn’t force an equaliser, despite Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu looking for all the world like they would bury the glorious chances which fell to them.
In spite of Ross Barkley pulling one back, headed goals from Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny proved enough for the Gunners as they marched to the top of the Premier League table.
With Manchester United hosting Manchester City on Sunday, Arsene Wenger’s men look in good shape to end the weekend on top and on their current form, it may last for some time yet.