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‘He gets lazy’ – Merson slams Arsenal star following ‘poor’ mistake

Paul Merson has criticised Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale after he made a mistake during their defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday night.

The Gunners won five straight games in the Premier League heading into their midweek game against Liverpool.

Arsenal fared well against the title hopefuls as they caused Jurgen Klopp’s side problems at the Emirates.

They were ultimately beaten 2-0 though as Liverpool clinically took the game away from Arsenal. Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino netted in the second half.

Ramsdale was beaten at his near post for the first goal. He got a hand on Jota’s effort but he was unable to keep it out.

Merson claimed post-match that it was a “poor” piece of goalkeeping from Ramsdale:

“It is poor defending all round and it’s poor goalkeeping. The goalkeeper gets lazy, he thinks it is going to be a cross. You should never ever get beaten at your near post,” Merson told Sky Sports.

Graeme Souness added: “He gets a good hand on it but he is nearly at full stretch, that is how out of position he is. That is poor positioning.”

Elsewhere, Jamie Carragher has explained an edge Tottenham and Manchester United have over Arsenal in the race for Champions League qualification.

“The fight for Arsenal is to get into the top four. Forget Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City.

“The results have been poor against them. It doesn’t matter what your results are like against certain teams – it’s how many points you get [at the end of the season].

“And they’re in a fight with Tottenham, and they’re in a fight with West Ham, and Manchester United. The difference tonight when I watch Arsenal is I think Arsenal are a better team than United and Tottenham but they’ve got individuals who can do special things, like Harry Kane and [Heung-min] Son, or Ronaldo.

“That’s probably what they lacked tonight. [Martin] Odegaard gets that chance, Harry Kane probably puts that in or Ronaldo puts that in.

“But I think the team he’s set up, the togetherness, the way they play, it looks like a proper team. A well-coached team and I think they’ll just do it.”