Jamie Redknapp has launched a scathing attack on Takehiro Tomiyasu following Arsenal's humiliating 2-1 defeat to Fulham, accusing the Japanese defender of looking "lost" and becoming a "nuisance" on the pitch.
Arsenal's title charge crumbled at Craven Cottage on New Year's Eve, leaving Redknapp baffled by both their performance and Tomiyasu's second-half cameo. Introduced at halftime, the usually reliable defender failed to provide the spark the Gunners desperately needed.
"He [Tomiyasu] comes into midfield and all he did was make a nuisance of himself for his own team," Redknapp slammed. "He was never given any width. He looked lost in there."
Redknapp's criticism went beyond Tomiyasu, highlighting a wider lack of creativity and purpose in Arsenal's midfield. "Midfield, they weren't quite right, they weren't creating enough," he pointed out. "So much possession without the purpose you need."
With Manchester City looming just two points behind and a game in hand, Redknapp fears Arsenal might be losing their grip on the title race. "This might be the reality check they need," he warned. "Because they're right off it at the moment."
The Gunners have little time to dwell on their Fulham nightmare, as they face Crystal Palace at home on January 20th. Whether Tomiyasu will retain his place in the starting lineup remains to be seen, but one thing is clear: Arsenal desperately need to rediscover their spark if they want to keep their Premier League dreams alive.
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