‘Terrible’, ‘unacceptable’ – Experts react to Nuno Tavares foul that caused Arsenal to collapse

The Gunners need an unlikely turn of events to secure Champions League qualification on the final day of the season after a 2-0 defeat at Tyneside, the first goal coming courtesy of an own goal from Ben White.

Newcastle’s opener came immediately after Nuno Tavares’ foul kick and former Arsenal star Wright was disappointed not only by the foul kick but also by the way the team responded to it.

“When you look at the first goal, that was our shot,” he told Premier League Productions.

“We are aiming for the top four and we have players who make mistakes! That’s a bad throw! You say to yourself: ‘What are you doing?’.

“On the back of that once it came out to Cedric [Soares] you can’t leave [Allan] Saint-Maximin comes out of you so easily, cut the line, show him inside but bang they run into us. It’s a great crossover but at the same time it could have easily been avoided.

“When you’re going for fourth place you have to be more determined than that, you can’t make mistakes like that. Yes, it’s an own goal, but we were the architects of our own downfall. is a terrible game.

Jamie Carragher was also unimpressed with the Tavares incident, with Arsenal continuing to concede a second behind Bruno Guimaraes.

“We are talking about top level football here, a foul throw is not acceptable, it just isn’t,” the Monday Night Football pundit said.

Similarly, Gary Neville told Sky Sports that Arsenal’s performance was in the same vein as their disappointing derby loss to Tottenham last week.

“I never fully trusted them to get into the top four all along, but I thought they would come out and respond after a bad first half and go for the win, but they didn’t give us anything. shown, it shows where they are at,” he said.

“They started school on Thursday, they lacked experience on the pitch and that’s going to be a big problem for them.”


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