Carragher: Why I did not like Arsenal
Jamie Carragher has revealed that playing at Arsenal was one of his least favourite memories during his career.
The former Liverpool captain was rarely on the winning side when the reds visited the Gunners, conceding one of Thierry Henry’s most memorable goals in a 4-2 defeat in 2004.
Speaking in a Q&A segment on Sky Sports’ ‘Monday Night Football’ show, the pundit gave a honest response when asked about the away ground he disliked the most as a player.
According to Carragher, the quality of football he had to face particularly at Highbury made a trip to Arsenal the most daunting in the Premier League.
“Villa Park was a ground I liked because you always like where you win, even at Stamford Bridge our results were not too bad. But Arsenal was always the killer for us, especially at Highbury and then at the Emirates our record was really poor.” he said
“It felt like the pitch [was very small] when we had the ball but when they had the ball it felt really big.
“I found it more difficult at Highbury than the Emirates. You’d think the bigger pitch would make it more difficult, but playing against that side of Vieira and Thierry Henry, I think that was my toughest assignment.”
Carragher’s last appearance at Arsenal’s home ground was in January 2013 when Liverpool squandered a 2-0 lead to settle for a point as quick-fire goals from Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott secured a dramatic comeback.
The Gunners’ biggest home wins over the reds in the past decade were a 3-0 victory in 2006 and last season’s 4-1 thumping.
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