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Alan Shearer baffled by Arteta’s decision 29-year-old Arsenal player yesterday,

Alan Shearer has expressed his surprise at the decision Mikel Arteta made over Leandro Trossard as Arsenal were knocked out of the FA Cup by Liverpool on Sunday.

The Gunners suffered their third defeat on the spin in all competitions. Two late goals saw the Reds knock their Premier League title rivals out of the competition at the first opportunity.

Arsenal however, did create more than enough chances to kill the game off during the first-half. But once again, their quality at the vital moment was lacking.

Alan Shearer baffled by Leandro Trossard not coming on sooner for Arsenal
Kai Havertz missed a number of chances, Martin Odegaard hit the bar, and the likes of Ben White and Reiss Nelson were amongst those to also go close.

Nevertheless, Mikel Arteta waited until the 81st minute to bring Eddie Nketiah on, and even longer before Leandro Trossard was introduced.

And speaking on The Rest Is Football, Alan Shearer was baffled that the 29-year-old was not given more game-time as their cup exit loomed.

“They had Nketiah and Trossard on the bench and then they didn’t use them until really late on which I was really surprised about. Whether you think they are good enough or not to take them where they want to go, they did have those two on the bench and didn’t use them until very late on,” he said.

All of the Gunners’ attackers appear to have gone off the boil
In fairness, Trossard has now not scored in his last 10 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions. So his form will be just as concerning as that of Havertz, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Jesus.

But he also has happy memories of facing Liverpool. He scored a hat-trick against the Reds at Anfield last season. And it was not as though Arsenal had anything to lose once they went 1-0 down.

The worry for Arteta will be that all of his attacking players seem to have gone off the boil at the same time. Gabriel Martinelli had some bright moments after coming off the bench. But he could not make the decisive impact either yesterday.

Ultimately, Arteta probably should have turned to Trossard a lot sooner. But he is one of a number of players who have been below par of late.

All of the Gunners’ attackers appear to have gone off the boil
In fairness, Trossard has now not scored in his last 10 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions. So his form will be just as concerning as that of Havertz, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Jesus.

But he also has happy memories of facing Liverpool. He scored a hat-trick against the Reds at Anfield last season. And it was not as though Arsenal had anything to lose once they went 1-0 down.

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