Dietmar Hamann has singled out Aaron Ramsey as one of the chief instigators of Arsenal's dramatic collapse against Anderlecht on Tuesday night.
The Gunners surrendered a three goal lead in under half an hour of football to draw at home with the champions of Belgium. Mikel Arteta, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had given Arsenal a commanding lead but two goals from Anthony Vanden Borre rallied Anderlecht.
Aleksandar Mitrovic completed the comeback in the 90th minute with five Arsenal players - Ramsey included - struggling to track back after a failed attack. Minutes before, Ramsey had also taken a shot on goal from all of 35 yards when Arsenal were awarded a free-kick.
"All they were interested in was scoring goals, they didn’t think about the team's success, the win."
Hamann thinks Ramsey's actions were indicative of a man who had no interest in the team winning, but was instead trying to get himself on the scoresheet. While few Arsenal players covered themselves in glory at the Emirates, Hamann singled out the £100,000-a-week midfielder as a particularly poor performer.
He told Sky Sports: "The main culprit was Ramsey. He wanted to get on the scoresheet. He wasn’t interested in the team's success, whether the team was going to win or not concede and secure the three points. They wanted to get on the scoresheet and in the end they got punished."
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Hamann knows a thing or two about winning trophies at the top level. The former midfielder won the Champions League with Liverpool and helped the Reds come back from a 3-0 deficit in the final against AC Milan.
Hamann says his experience in football has taught him that taking a breather is crucial if you are to keep your focus. At 3-0 Arsenal were still committing men forward in an attempt to get a fourth. Even at 3-2, the attacks kept coming. Hamann says such a tactics shows tactical naivety.
"The naivety is staggering," the former Germany international said. "They were still attacking at 3-0, 3-1 with five and six men at a time. All they were interested in was scoring goals, they didn’t think about the team's success, the win.
"In the end they got the ultimate punishment. It’s not acceptable for a team that wants to win trophies at the highest level."
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