‘Selfish’ star cost Arsenal win, says Liverpool idol

Dietmar Hamann believes that the Arsenal players, in particular Aaron Ramsey, are to blame for their Champions League collapse at home to Anderlecht.

The Gunners were 3-0 up against the Belgian side at the Emirates Stadium with just 30 minutes left to play, but eventually took only a point from the game as Anthony Vanden Borre (x2) and Aleksandar Mitrovic netted.

The result still leaves the Londoners in pole position to follow Dortmund into the knockout stages of the competition with just two Group D games remaining, but Arsene Wenger’s men have been on the end of much criticism for the failure to see out what looked set to be a routine victory.

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And Hamann – who won the competition with Liverpool in 2005 – has been scathing in his assessment of the evening, singling out Ramsey as the major villain:

“The naivety is staggering. They were still attacking at 3-0, 3-1 with five and six men at a time,” he is quoted by The Metro.

“All they were interested in was scoring goals, they didn’t think about the team’s success, the win. In the end they got the ultimate punishment.

“It’s not acceptable for a team that wants to win trophies at the highest level.

“One thing I learned in football early on was that if you need a rest, you take it at the back. You don’t run forward so you can’t get back. In the end they attacked with five, six players, all interested in scoring.

“The main culprit was Ramsey. He wanted to get on the scoresheet. He wasn’t interested in the team’s success, whether the team was going to win or not concede and secure the three points.

“They wanted to get on the scoresheet and in the end they got punished.”


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