Charlie Nicholas mocks two Arsenal stars and slams Unai Emery

first_imgCharlie Nicholas has mocked Arsenal defender David Luiz (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas has mocked Arsenal defenders David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos and questioned Gunners boss Unai Emery over his treatment of Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin.Arsenal appeared to be heading to another disappointing defeat on Thursday evening when they trailed Europa League rivals Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1 at the Emirates with ten minutes remaining.But substitute Nicolas Pepe rescued Emery’s side with two superb free-kicks as Arsenal avoided their second straight defeat and retained their place at the top of Group F. Advertisement The Gunners legend has also questioned Unai Emery’s tactics (Picture: Getty)Despite the win, Nicholas still has major reservations over Arsenal and says he ‘feels sorry’ for goalkeeper Bernd Leno because of the team’s fragile defence.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd the Gunners hero has also criticised Emery for not starting full-backs Tierney and Bellerin more often.Looking ahead to Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace on Sunday, Nicholas said: ‘What are we going to get?More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Will Arsenal see 70 per cent of the ball and fail to register a shot on target? Will it be a repeat of the Wilfried Zaha show like this game last year?‘Unai Emery has come under scrutiny from some supporters and they are starting to ask questions.‘Why have they paid the money for Kieran Tierney and are not playing him, despite getting him fit? Why are you not playing Hector Bellerin when fit? Charlie Nicholas mocks two Arsenal stars and slams Unai Emery Metro Sport ReporterFriday 25 Oct 2019 9:11 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Comment Kieran Tierney should be starting more often, according to Nicholas (Picture: Getty)Speaking to Sky Sports, the former Arsenal, Celtic and Scotland forward added: ‘Matteo Guendouzi has good energy and covers the ground well, but he is too young to understand the protective role and needs someone in beside him to pivot him and look after him.‘These players have a soft belly but they are supposed to provoke and win the little scraps.‘I would be more interested in Lucas Torreira beside Guendouzi or even Ainsley Maitland-Niles could do it with his speed. Gabriel Martinelli rescued Arsenal in the Europa League on Thursday (Picture: Getty)‘In attack, Nicolas Pepe needs a shake. He is very talented but he needs to want the ball and get on the ball.‘Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is scoring goals in an ordinary team and Alexandre Lacazette must start. I like Bukayo Saka but you need to feed him in at the right time.‘Ceballos needs to be in behind the front three. If you dominate games which you should do against Palace, the middle two and full-backs will be higher up. Arsenal face Wilfried Zaha’s Crystal Palace this weekend (Picture: Getty)‘Emery wanted to emulate Liverpool’s style of play, and when those two full-backs are high, you know there is trouble coming.‘Bellerin and Tierney must play higher when they play and that is when the two holding players come in handy and that is how the balance works.’AdvertisementAdvertisementCrystal Palace beat Arsenal 3-2 at the Emirates last season and, while Nicholas expects the Gunners to win this weekend, he has highlighted the threat of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Zaha will be putting himself on the market again with Arsenal trying to buy him in the summer, while Andros Townsend will have a go being ex-Tottenham,’ he said.‘Gary Cahill has been good since coming in for Palace, but Arsenal should have too much.’Arsenal are fifth in the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s clash with the Eagles.MORE: Why Robin van Persie is excited about Gabriel Martinelli Arsenal 3-2 Vitoria: Unai Emery post-match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:47FullscreenArsenal 3-2 Vitoria: Unai Emery post-match press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I do not understand why he gets these players fit and he doesn’t play them.‘Bernd Leno makes some mistakes and is young, but he is left completely and utterly isolated by the lack of a defensive partnership. I feel sorry for him.‘David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos high five each other when they give corners away.’ Advertisementlast_img read more