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He cost you top-four – Carragher blames one player for Arsenal missing out on Champions League

Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher has blamed Nuno Tavares for Arsenal not qualifying for Champions League last season.

Carragher believes Tavares cost Arsenal a top-four finish last season, adding that Arsenal would ‘probably’ have qualified for the Champions League last campaign had it not been for the defender, who has now joined Marseille on loan.

Recall that Arsenal finished in the fifth position on the Premier League table last season behind Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool and champions Manchester City.

“Nuno Tavares has gone out on loan, I saw. I think if they had a better left-back, then you probably would be in the top four now,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“I don’t like singling one player out, but I just think he cost you in certain games.

“I remembered that game at Crystal Palace last season, it was on Monday Night Football and I said on TV: “He has to come off at half-time”. I think he [Mikel Arteta] put Granit Xhaka at left-back in the end.”

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