Jamie Carragher has claimed that Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was trying to target Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney at the weekend.
Arsenal suffered a narrow 1-0 away defeat on Saturday against Man City at the Etihad Stadium, as England international Raheem Sterling scored the only goal to earn the hosts three points.
Pundit Carragher believes that Guardiola planned to isolate Arsenal full-back Tierney against skilful right-winger Riyad Mahrez during the match.
“When I was watching the game it felt like Pep Guardiola was desperately trying to expose Tierney and Mahrez,” Carragher told Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (7:37pm, 19 October).
Nobody will be throwing any major criticism at Tierney after he suffered an off-day against Man City, as he’s been a revelation following his move to North London from Scottish giants Celtic and is going to be pivotal for the team moving forward.
He offers so much offensively for Mikel Arteta’s side and is a no-nonsense aggressive defender.
The 23-year-old wasn’t quite able to get to grips with left-footer Mahrez and it was a constant battle for him with his back to goal, but he won’t be the last full-back to struggle against the former PFA Player of the Year this season.
Mahrez, 29, appeared to be in the mood against Arsenal with his direct running at goal and he’s got such close control that it’s hard to stop him when he picks up speed.