Rio revels in Arsenal slump: ‘You fans are quick to shout’

November 24, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Rio Ferdinand appears to be revelling in Arsenal’s recent woes, mocking the fans who are “quick to shout” when things are going well.

The Gunners were held to a goalless draw by Leeds on Sunday and were fortunate to leave Elland Road with a point.

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Nicolas Pepe was sent off for a brainless headbutt on Ezgjan Aliokski five minutes into the second half, leaving his teammates in strife.

Mikel Arteta was far from happy with the Ivorian and Ferdinand criticised the former Lille winger in an appearance on the FIVE YouTube channel.

But not before a cheeky jibe at the Arsenal fans…

He said: “All you Arsenal fans who are always there and are quick to shout and laugh and smile and celebrate.

“Listen, it’s good, that’s what football is about. Your emotions can go crazy, I’ve been there and done it. ‘Ole’s at the wheel’, that kind of stuff. But you guys are struggling again, you can’t get over the line again.

“Nicolas Pepe let you down, I don’t understand it. You’re a player who said before the international break that he wants to get back into the team, that he needs his chance and he’s not happy.

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“You get given your opportunity and you do something so ridiculously stupid and get sent off. It doesn’t make sense. You let your team-mates down and yourself down.

“I want to see Pepe do well. I saw him at Lille, beautiful footballer with skills. He needs to do it at Arsenal. ‘The big fee brings pressure and he’s not dealing with it right now.”

Arsenal’s stalemate at Elland Road was the fourth time they’ve failed to find the back of the net in their last five outings.

“They’re not firing,” Ferdinand added. “They can’t get [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang going, they can’t get him scoring after he signed the new deal. ‘He hasn’t set the world alight at all. He was on fire before that.

“They haven’t got that fluidity which we’ve seen before with Arteta’s team. Things aren’t coming off for them, they need to get it right quick.”