Jamie Carragher rips into Arsenal as “hangover” must explain first-half display

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Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher ripped into Arsenal after their dismal first-half display against West Ham at the London Stadium.

The Gunners went in 3-1 down at the break after three goals in 32 minutes from Jesse Lingard, Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek, but it was Arsenal's overall performance which concerned the Liverpool legend most.

A Soucek own goal late in the half reduced the deficit and gave the Gunners hope, but Carragher was still scathing of their efforts prior to the strike.

Speaking while on commentary duty for Sky Sports, Carragher lamented the performance of Mikel Arteta's side and said: "Arsenal won’t know what’s hit them.”

"They are just not switched on at all, Arsenal. It is as if they have got a hangover from Europe."

"This has been a shambles from Arsenal."

Arsenal came into the match at the London Stadium less than 72 hours after their Europa League second-leg defeat to Olympiacos at the Emirates on Thursday.

Arteta made several changes to the side to keep things fresh, with Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, and Bukayo Saka all returning to the starting line-up.

Nevertheless, the Gunners looked lacklustre from the off and conceded with just 15 minutes gone as Lingard rifled home from outside the box.

Bowen made it two just a couple of minutes later after capitalising on a quick free-kick before Soucek turned home Michail Antonio's header to make it 3-0.

Carragher's Sky Sports colleague Jamie Redknapp was at a loss to understand Arteta's team selection, highlighting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's presence on the right.

He said: "He [Aubameyang] doesn't like playing on the right it is obvious, then they go 2-0 down and he changes it, so why did he start there?"

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