'An embarrassment': Rio Ferdinand is not happy with one Arsenal player
Rio Ferdinand has criticised Arsenal defender Pablo Mari, deeming him an “embarrassment” for his display on Sunday.
The Gunners fell to their second consecutive Premier League defeat of the season last weekend.
Arsenal hosted Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium and, as against Brentford a week earlier, suffered a 2-0 loss.
Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring against the Gunners and was a constant thorn in the home defence’s side.
Mari struggled to deal with the Blues striker, who recently rejoined the club from Inter Milan.
“He [Lukaku] bullies people, he was like a sixth former playing against first years,” Ferdinand said on his FIVE YouTube channel.
“That’s what he made the Arsenal centre-backs look like, they didn’t know how to deal with him.
“Mari was an embarrassment, he didn’t know what to do.”
Reece James made it two for Chelsea against Arsenal to leave Mikel Arteta under increasing pressure.
Mari joined the Gunners from Brazilian club Flamengo in January 2020.
He was initially on loan before signing permanently in June in a reported £14million deal.
Mari penned a long-term contract at the Emirates Stadium, reportedly running until 2024 and worth £85,000-a-week.
Arsenal are next in action on Wednesday night as they face West Brom in the second round of the League Cup.