Ian Wright criticises Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette and warns Mikel Arteta after Aston Villa defeat

Ian Wright was shocked by Arsenal's emphatic defeat to Aston Villa
Ian Wright was shocked by Arsenal’s emphatic defeat to Aston Villa (Picture: BBC)

Ian Wright has criticised Alexandre Lacazette after Arsenal’s deflating Premier League defeat to Aston Villa.

The Gunners slipped to a 3-0 home defeat against Villa on Sunday night, with Lacazette subbed off after 65 minutes.

The French forward started the season well, scoring three goals in his first three games, but has failed to find the back of the net since and Wright admits he is struggling.

Gunners hero Wright also says it is ‘impossible’ for Arteta to be as offensive as he wants to be with this current Arsenal team, who have only scored nine goals in eight Premier League matches this season.

‘I was talking about Mikel and how offensive he wants to be, and it’s literally impossible in this team,’ he said on the Wrighty’s House podcast.

‘I saw some stats about Lacazette’s average position. For a focal point, he’s not near it.

Alexandre Lacazette is enduring a difficult run for the Gunners
Alexandre Lacazette is enduring a difficult run for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)

‘With the chance he had, for me, even with no one in the ground, you could see he’s going through that spell as a forward where he’s thinking about his next chance.

‘He’s actually thinking about it. I’ve seen him do a couple of headers now where you can tell he’s thinking about it. He’s thinking about it.

‘Where that ball came in, you don’t need to think about it, you just need to get it on target. Just control it.

‘I believe that even with no fans in there, he’s thinking about his next chance. He’s thinking about the consequences of missing. He’s thinking about the fact Arteta is saying “we’re not taking our chances”.

‘You need to get into the positions where you will score goals and then do what you’ve done for years.’

Arsenal have largely impressed since Arteta replaced Unai Emery in the Emirates hot-seat last December, winning the FA Cup at the end of the 2019-20 season.

But they have already lost four Premier League matches this term and Wright admits he was shocked by their performance against Villa.

‘The thing with the Villa game, I don’t know where that came from under Mikel. I don’t know where that performance came from,’ Wright added.

‘Since he came in, Arsenal have improved and I never thought I’d see Arsenal under him put in a performance like that. I wasn’t expecting it.

‘I wasn’t expecting that kind of hammering. It could have been six. The first goal made me think, the guys are not on it today. It was men against boys.’

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