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Liverpool legend has outrageously compared Arsenal with fierce rivals

A Liverpool legend has outrageously compared Mikel Arteta’s time at Arsenal to the Gunners’ bitter North London rivals, with fans clearly unhappy with the comparison.

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A Liverpool legend has outrageously compared Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal team to that of their fierce North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, when Mauricio Pochettino was at the helm.

Writing in an article for The Telegraph, Jamie Carragher compared Arteta’s current situation with Arsenal to that of Pochettino, during his tenure with the Gunners’ bitter North London rivals Tottenham.

The former defender brutally wrote: “The brutal reality is any Arsenal team that does not win one or more of the biggest prizes will never be more than an afterthought, and will be spoken about in almost patronising terms when compared to double winners or ‘invincibles’.”

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Carragher, who did not win a league title during his 17 years with Liverpool, did however offer some support for Arteta, writing: “It is damning with faint praise to say Arteta, just like Pochettino during his spell at Spurs, deserves more respect and credit for making Arsenal challengers than criticism in the event of falling short.”

Fans on social media have been quick to point out that the Spaniard has already won more trophies with the Gunners than Pochettino did during his spell with the Lilywhites, which somewhat detracts from Carragher’s entire argument.


The article comes days after Arsenal’s bitterly disappointing UEFA Champions League exit after losing 1-0 away to Bayern Munich, while a vocal minority of Gunners fans have actually called for Arteta’s head.

For the most part, however, especially on social media, Carragher’s article has been met with scepticism and been criticised for being sensationalised and inaccurate – with fury from Arsenal fans as the former Liverpool man compared the club to such bitter rivals.

The 46-year-old also points out that the Gunners’ trip to Molineux, where they face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, is a deciding game in their season, and this is a notion that fans would struggle to disagree with.

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