Parlour: UEL semi was ‘testimonial-like’ as Arsenal ‘lack leaders like Vieira’

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Parlour: UEL semi was ‘testimonial-like’ as Arsenal ‘lack leaders like Vieira’

Ray Parlour has suggested that teams “probably enjoy” playing at the Emirates against Arsenal as they have been “really poor” this season.

The 2020/21 campaign has been a disappointing one for . They currently sit ninth in the Premier League and their only chance of earning a place in Europe was through the Europa League.

But they were knocked out at the semi-final stage by ‘s Villarreal.

Mikel Arteta’s men drew 0-0 at the Emirates in the second leg on Thursday night. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the post twice but the hosts only registered two shots on target.

Parlour has told that Arsenal do not have any leaders at the club:

“They haven’t been great at the Emirates, and that’s where you’ve got to make it a fortress.

“You’ve got to make sure the teams coming there are fearful, but teams aren’t fearful of Arsenal, they probably enjoy going to the Emirates. It’s been really poor this season.

“It’s the first time the club won’t play European football since the beginning of my career under Bruce Rioch! We were 11th in the league in that season, Rioch lost his job and that’s when Arsene Wenger came in!

“Mikel Arteta will be so disappointed with his players. They should have been confident going into the game, they know what they had to do, they’ve got the away goal so go out there on the front foot, but it just didn’t work out like that.

“It was like a testimonial in the first half, I just didn’t see any tackles flying in.

“I go back to Tuesday night, watching Man City vs PSG, and that was a proper game. It had everything, great football, tackles flying in, goal, opportunities for both sides, it was a brilliant game to watch – but I didn’t see that from Arsenal last night.

“I don’t see any leaders at Arsenal. Going back to my time, we had three or four of them in our team. Vieira, Keown, Adams, and when you weren’t doing your job you’d get hammered!

“But Arsenal don’t have any players like that.”

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Hasenhuttl pinpoints ‘big problem’ with Saints transfer plans

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Hasenhuttl pinpoints ‘big problem’ with Saints transfer plans

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl accepts the club will have to face paying a Premier League premium as they aim to strengthen the squad during the summer transfer window.

The Saints showed plenty of early promise, briefly topping the table in November before then hitting the buffers as selection problems mounted heading into 2021.

Hasenhuttl openly admits the team need additional quality help if they are to progress again next season – and he knows that will come at a price.

“The big problem in the Premier League is when you ask for a new player in Europe or wherever, you automatically pay more money for him than other clubs all around the world,” Hasenhuttl said.

“It is not the same like buying a car where everybody pays the same, the price tag is always a different one.

“If you want to buy somebody who is not expensive, then you have a problem with the work permit in England, so there is not really a solution.

“You are killing yourself a little bit in this, especially in the teams who are not able to pay transfer fees like £20million or £30million.

“You see today that when you ask for an interesting player, it very often starts with £20m and we are not able to spend this money in this moment, but this is how it is.

“We then have to pick a few players who maybe have the chance one time to become really good players, they all must fit perfectly for us.

“This is the problem we have here at this club and this is nothing new.”

Even though Southampton were able to battle through to the FA Cup semi-finals, losing to Leicester at Wembley, Hasenhuttl believes their dramatic downturn in league form highlights just why better back-up is needed.

“It shows us that when you want to be constantly in these areas of the Premier League, it is not possible to outperform all of the time,” the Saints boss said.

“You have to win some tight games with also some maybe of the B team or players who are not playing all of the time.

“But their quality this season was not good enough to lift us or give us a good alternative, this is the challenge for the summer, to make the squad bigger with more quality in every position.

“Then you can also come into the situation where you can make a rotation like the big teams and still win the games.

“Otherwise it is not possible to be competitive. The season is too long, too tough.

“There are too many good teams there – you cannot go away to Manchester United like we did with academy players and also be competitive.

“This is not possible in the future and is the clear message. This is the challenge for the club in the summer… to give us more opportunities for every position.”

Hasenhuttl was overcome with emotion after Liverpool were beaten 1-0 at St Mary’s Stadium during January and the Austrian finally got the better of old friend Jurgen Klopp.

Despite Anfield not being the daunting trip of previous seasons, the Saints boss is expecting to be facing “a very tough opponent” on Saturday night.

Hasenhuttl said: “But a lot of teams have shown this season that it is possible to go there and take something. We go there to be brave and also looking for our chance.”


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