Manuel Almunia has accused some of his Arsenal team-mates of going missing in the UEFA Champions League defeat to Barcelona on Tuesday.
The Gunners goalkeeper, who came on as a substitute after Wojciech Szczesny suffered a dislocated finger, produced a string of fine saves as the visitors’ goal came under siege.
Despite his efforts, Almunia was unable to prevent Arsene Wenger’s men slipping to a 3-1 defeat and departing the competition 4-3 on aggregate.
Now the Spaniard has risked the wrath of his team-mates by suggesting that there were some players on the field who did not give 100 per cent.
“Barcelona bossed us and in the second half we had players that were not running,” he said.
“We only needed one goal and with a bit more effort we could have caused them damage at the end.
“Even at 3-1, we only needed one goal and, well, you can’t understand how there can be players that were walking. We were tired.
“It seemed that everything was lost but you can score a goal at any moment. So the only explanation I have is that we were so tired and the players couldn’t give any more.
“And down to 10 men, it was double the effort. We came up against a Barcelona side that are the best in the world.”