Saturday 18 November 2017

'It's a joke...All he needed was a walking stick and an overcoat' – Jamie Carragher on 'selfish' Yaya Toure display

Olivier Giroud and Manchester City's Yaya Toure battle for the ball at The Emirates Stadium,
Olivier Giroud and Manchester City's Yaya Toure battle for the ball at The Emirates Stadium,
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Manchester City succumbed to their fifth Premier League defeat of the season last night and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher had some harsh words for powerhouse midfielder Yaya Toure.

Arsenal moved to within striking distance of league leaders Leicester City with goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud helping the Gunners to a 2-1 win over Manuel Pellegrini's side.

Toure's brilliant finish eight minutes from time gave City hope, but in truth the home side were full value for the three points, with Mesut Ozil putting in a man-of-the-match display in a dominant midfield display.

Analysing the match afterwards, Carragher was highly critical of Toure's performance and suggested the wonderful strike would put a gloss on his performance that he didn't deserve.

"I think it's a joke to be honest," he said. "And it wound me up that he got the goal in the end and commentary said that he ran the game for the last 20 minutes."

"It's like he comes alive. It's like, 'oh we can get a goal, there's a chance at a bit of glory and being involved', but they lost the game tonight and one of the reasons is the space Ozil had behind him. It's nothing new, I'm not saying anything we haven't said for the last two or three years.

"You're talking about one of your major players, one of your leaders in a dressing room; that's unbelievably selfish that, the way he's played tonight."

The space afforded to Ozil in front of the City rear-guard was mentioned on a number of occasions during the analysis and the former Liverpool defender had one final quip in relation to Toure's defensive cover, which was far too slow for his liking.

"The only thing he needed was a walking stick and an overcoat."

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