Jamie Carragher's Monday night meltdowns: Is he football's biggest whinge?

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher found a new way to slam Arsenal following their finest victory of the season by quite some distance against Manchester City last weekend, hammering the Gunners for a glut of post-match celebratory snaps in the Etihad's away dressing room.

Carragher was robbed of the chance to have his weekly Monday night moan about Per Mertesacker and Arsenal's weak defending by that 2-0 win, so simply turned his ire to the very modern ritual of gathering round a phone with team-mates to show fans just how it means to earn three precious Premier League points instead.

Despite retiring just over 18 months ago Carragher doesn't half show his age when it comes to a weekly whinge on the brilliant Monday Night Football, with the congratulatory selfie just not washing unless it's complete with a trophy to match.

Carragher's not happy....again

Here's the kind of snap that the 36-year-old just cannot stand, posted by Aaron Ramsey after Arsenal finally produced a performance in a big match to defeat the defending Premier League champions in their own back yard.

Carragher could barely hide his contempt for a craze that's pretty much become the norm as part of post-match reaction pieces, slamming everybody involved.

On last night's MNF he declared: "It was one giant going to another giant. Of course celebrate, but it’s nonsense all of these team pics in dressing rooms - normally you have them with a cup! It’s nonsense and they need to stop doing it."

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That famous Scouse wit on show

In Carragher's defence he did see the funny side of that rant soon after and used his Twitter account to post a snap of him and the boys from MNF grinning inanely, but despite his verbal jousts with Gary Neville rising head and shoulders above the average standard of punditry in this country he's fast becoming a repeat offender when it comes to moaning just for the sake of it.

Neville's favourite sparring partner quickly goes into meltdown mode on a Monday night when certain buttons are pushed, with some of the very best saved for his beloved giant German centre-back.

Mertesacker consistently destroyed

Arsenal's BFG has been completely torn apart by Carragher on more than occasion this season, accused of embarrassing, negligent displays that fall well short of the required standard.

Carragher was inconsolable when asked to discuss Mertesacker's performance in last month's 3-2 defeat Stoke City, laying into a man with more than 100 caps for his country and a World Cup winner's medal to boot.

Here's a flavour of that classic rant: "You're in a game away at Stoke in a tough venue - let your players around you know you're not going to accept what's going on. This is your captain on the day. We talk about leadership, character - like (Arsene) Wenger always talks about after the game.

"He's abandoned ship, he's left them on their own and that is not acceptable for a player of that quality and experience. He's abandoned ship. It's just not acceptable."

Liverpool get no favours

Reds fans might expect Carragher to go easy on Liverpool given his deep affinity for the club, absolutely no chance!

There's been no excuses made for Brendan Rodgers and his under-performing side this season, with their inability to keep his close friend and former team-mate Steven Gerrard also quite rightly called into question.

During tough times in November here's what Carragher had to say about the current Liverpool crop, many of who are former team-mates: “This is more than just a poor start, there’s something wrong. Something’s not right, they’re getting bullied out of games.

“As a fan watching your own team the worst thing you can ever think of them is being bullied and being weak – that’s what we saw from Liverpool and not for the first time. It’s been going on all season.

“There’s no leadership and we had that last season at the end, it cost Liverpool the league.


Love-hate relationship with Neville

The dynamic between Carragher and Neville works brilliantly, but that doesn't mean the duo hold back with some pretty brutal exchanges in the name of good television.

Perhaps Carragher's best put-down of his former Manchester United nemesis was a comment that cut straight to the core earlier this season, making it clear that nobody grows up dreaming of being Neville or a full-back full stop.

"There's only two things for a full-back. You're either a filed winger or a failed centre-back," he quipped. "No-one wants to grow up and be a Gary Neville."


Long may Carragher's weekly dose of cutting analysis continue, but Premier League players might want to carry on hiding the remote if they'd had an absolute shocker that weekend.

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