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Monday, 21 December 2020

Other teams can smell Arsenal blood - Ian Wright

Other teams can smell Arsenal blood - Ian Wright

Arsenal legend Ian Wright is worried about his former club as the club continues to suffer in the Premier League.

Following Saturday's defeat to Everton, the London side has now gone seven games without a win in the Premier League with their last win coming in November and they now seats 15th on the log.

With the club not showing any sign of improvement or ability to win games, Ian Wright fears they might be dragged to relegation battle this season and that other Premier League clubs have the confidence they can always beat them.

Speaking with DAZN, Wright revealed the club might need to do serious buying come January and that the board must back Mikel Arteta during the transfer window.

“I think they’ve come out and backed him [Arteta] – and rightly so, he’s a good coach – and they’re going to have to have to do something for him in January,' Wright said

“I think with the current players he’s got – I’m not saying Arsenal are going to go down, of course I’m not saying that – if you can’t arrest that slide, you will get dragged in.

“And then you’re going to be under real pressure to get yourselves out of it, then people have to perform to a certain level to get yourselves out of it. Because other teams can smell that blood and they will go for you. It’s a very ruthless league.

“What we saw, especially with the goals [conceded] and the way they’re playing, not a lot of creation and even when they did there weren’t enough people in the box.

“What you want is, if you’re not scoring enough, you make sure you’re defending resolutely. You’ve got to be tighter on people.

“I thought the set-piece goal was poor. I thought the lead up to Everton’s first goal could have been avoided and all about hard work, getting close to people and making it more difficult for them.

“Arsenal are going through a phase at the moment where they do not seem to be able to create the kind of chances that are giving them opportunities to score, so they have to be exemplary in another area and it’s defending.”

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