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Graeme Souness aims brutal dig at Arsenal and Spurs that will infuriate Mikel Arteta and Ange Postecoglou

Graeme Souness aims brutal dig at Arsenal and Spurs that will infuriate Mikel Arteta and Ange Postecoglou

Pundit Graeme Souness was discussing the North London duo while on talkSPORT.

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has aimed a brutal dig at Arsenal and Spurs that will likely infuriate managers Mikel Arteta and Ange Postecoglou.

Souness, a former regular on Sky Sports, recently joined former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan on talkSPORT and made a bold statement about the quality of players at both Arsenal and Spurs.

The Gunners currently sit top of the Premier League table and are hoping to end their two-decade spell without a title.

Their North London rivals Tottenham, meanwhile, have slipped to fifth after an excellent start to the season under new manager Postecoglou.

Both sides have several players many would consider top Premier League performers but, during a segment on Jim White's talkSPORT show, Souness made the bold claim that none of the North London duo's collection of stars is world-class.

"World-class players are hard to find," Souness said.

"I would suggest at this time in our league who are there? City have some yes, and Mo Salah gets in anyone's team.

"Anyone at Arsenal? Not sure, and there's nobody at Tottenham just yet."

He went on to say that people are too quick to call a player world-class when they have achieved very little.

Souness suggested that players need to perform at a high level over a long period of time before they can be considered world-class.

He took Jack Grealish as an example, saying: "He (Grealish) has to be getting 10 goals every year until he retires and we can maybe have a conversation then. Not three goals in the last three weeks."

Graeme Souness does not consider Jack Grealish world class either. (
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The brutal dig at Arsenal and Spurs is likely to infuriate fans of both clubs, as well as Arteta and Postecoglou, who will no doubt believe some of their players fit that description.

Heung-min Son is considered by many to be in that category and, given the performances of several Gunners players over the last two seasons, Souness' comments are likely to raise some eyebrows.

Ultimately, it comes down to what your definition of world-class is. And for Souness' fellow studio pundit Simon Jordan, it's simply a case of a "player that can get in any team in the world."

Featured Image Credit: talkSPORT

Topics: Graeme Souness, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Mikel Arteta, Ange Postecoglou, Jack Grealish, Manchester City, Mohamed Salah, Liverpool, Premier League