Jamie Carragher has labelled Yaya Toure “selfish” and a “joke” following Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates stadium.
Theo Walcott opened the scoring for Arsenal on 33 minutes before Olivier Giroud doubled the Gunners’ advantage on the stroke of half-time.
The home side squandered a number of chances to extend their lead, with Toure’s wonderful curling effort on 82 minutes setting up a tense finale.
Arsene Wenger’s men held on to take all three points, though, and Carragher said Toure was guilty of letting his team-mates down, despite his late strike.
“I think he’s a joke to be honest. The goal is just a great goal but that’s got nothing to do with running about,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “It wound me up that he got the goal at the end.
“In the commentary they said he ran the game for the last 20 minutes because it’s like he comes alive because he thinks we’ve got a goal and we have a chance of getting something.
“It’s a chance to get a goal and a bit of glory for himself. City lost the game tonight and one of the major reasons was the space Ozil had behind Toure.
“It’s nothing new, nothing we haven’t said the last two years. It just comes back to the fact he thinks he can switch it one when he can get a goal.
“He’s a major player in the dressing room and I think it’s selfish the way he’s played tonight. At times I was laughing the way he was tracking back the only thing he needed was a walking stick and an overcoat.”