Arsenal boss Unai Emery made a huge mistake by not protecting against Liverpool’s rampaging full-backs.
That’s the view of former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino in the wake of the Gunners’ 3-1 Anfield defeat.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was given acres of freedom by an Arsenal defence, who stood-off the right-back far too often.
“Arsenal have improved under Unai Emery but tactically he got it all wrong against Liverpool on Saturday,” he wrote in The Times.
“Firstly, if you don’t know that Liverpool’s full backs are a threat then you’ve been living on the moon for the past year.
“Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson had so much time on the ball.
“Secondly, Roberto Firmino must have dropped into midfield 20 or 30 times and there was no one taking responsibility for picking him up.
“He’s so vital for Liverpool, he must be shackled to stop them.”
Liverpool opened the scoring from a set-piece just before half-time but Mohamed Salah made the game safe in the second-half.
David Luiz, who arrived for £8m from Chelsea on deadline day, was penalised for inexplicably tugging the winger’s shirt.
Salah slammed home the penalty before twisting the Brazilian inside out and added Liverpool’s third with a curling effort past Bernd Leno.
“And finally I don’t think you can play a back four with David Luiz,” Cascarino added.
“Watching him one-on-one with Mohamed Salah was laughable.
“Emery spent £135m this summer and they may be better but still looked naive and limited in terms of shape and system.
“They are still a long way off the top two.”
Emery maintained that Luiz’s shirt pull was not worthy of a penalty and branded the decision ‘soft’, saying: ‘If that is considered holding then I don’t think it was enough.’
Arsenal face a crunch north London derby against Tottenham, who slipped up at home to Newcastle, next Sunday (4.30pm).