Ian Wright urges Mikel Arteta to drop Willian, Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka ahead of Arsenal’s clash vs Southampton

Ian Wright has urged Mikel Arteta to place his faith in Arsenal's younger players
Ian Wright has urged Mikel Arteta to place his faith in Arsenal’s younger players (Premier League Productions)

Ian Wright has urged Mikel Arteta to drop some of Arsenal’s senior players, including Willian and Alexandre Lacazette, for their Premier League clash against Southampton on Wednesday.

The Gunners are without a win in five Premier League matches and lost their fourth consecutive game at home in the league on Sunday as they were beaten by Burnley.

Granit Xhaka is suspended for the match against Southampton following his red card in the defeat to Burnley.

But Wright believes that Lacazette and Willian should also lose their place in their team following their poor form in recent weeks.

‘He [Xhaka] got sent off doing what he does a lot, when a player is going past him he drags them down, he’s never in the right position, he’s always having to drag people down and make fouls, and he’s done it again and it cost us,’ Wright told Premier League Productions.

‘The manager has stuck with him for a while. He has shown a lot of faith in him.

Granit Xhaka is suspended for Arsenal's clash against Southampton
Granit Xhaka is suspended for Arsenal’s clash against Southampton (Getty)

‘I think he has done the same with Willian. He has done the same with Lacazette.

‘There are players now that should be getting a blast at it now.

‘Throw in Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith-Rowe coming back on-loan and doing well at Huddersfield last season. Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

‘You need to do something different because if it carries on like this and he continues to have faith in these players, and they are not delivering, then I don’t know what’s going to happen next.

Arsenal winger Willian
Willian has struggled for form in recent weeks (Visionhaus)

‘It’s a time when you need experienced players the most.

‘I feel like at this particular moment, he has had a lot of faith in them and they have kind of let him down up to this point.

‘I think Arsenal are at a real crisis point in terms of confidence. It’s going to be even lower now and it’s going to take something to build them up.

‘This is why it needs some freshness. Just blood some fresh impetus.’

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