Arsenal 3 Anderlecht 3: Dietmar Hamann singles out Aaron Ramsey as 'main culprit' for collapse

2005 Champions League winner said Arsenal's 'naivety was staggering'

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Dietmar Hamann has singled out Aaron Ramsey to blame for Arsenal's shocking collapse in their 3-3 draw with Anderlecht in the Champions League last night.

The Welshman has netted three goals this season, but has not been able to maintain his fine form from last season. In his role as a pundit for Sky Sports, former Liverpool player Hamann suggested that midfielder Ramsey was more interested in adding to his goals tally than helping his team defend their lead.

Arsenal surrendered a three-goal lead against the Belgian champions.

"The naivety is staggering," 2005 Champions League winner Hamann 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.


"One thing I learned in football early on was that if you need a rest, you take it at the back. You don’t run forward so you can’t get back. In the end they attacked with five, six players, all interested in scoring.

"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."

It is very unlikely the Gunners could top Group D now, with Borussia Dortmund only needing a point against them at the Emirates in three weeks time. Arsenal could, of course, also