Ian Wright labels Mikel Arteta's tactics against Chelsea 'frightening'

Ian Wright labels Mikel Arteta’s tactics ‘FRIGHTENING’ after ‘unprepared’ Arsenal suffered a tame defeat by rivals Chelsea… and Gunners legend insists only £17m new boy Albert Sambi Lokonga deserves praise

  • Arsenal suffered their second straight loss at the beginning of the new season
  • The 2-0 loss to Chelsea made it their worst start to a Premier League campaign
  • Gunners legend Ian Wright has criticised manager Mikel Arteta’s tactics
  • Fans surrounded Arteta’s car after the game and asked him to leave the club 

Ian Wright has claimed Arsenal were ‘not prepared’ to face Chelsea and slammed Mikel Arteta’s ‘frightening’ tactics in Sunday’s defeat to their London rivals.

Arsenal slipped to their second successive defeat at the start of the Premier League season after suffering a 2-0 loss at home to Thomas Tuchel’s side. 

The Gunners opened their 2021-22 campaign with a defeat by newly promoted Brentford and Arteta would have been hoping to bounce back with a rallying performance against Chelsea in their first game at a full Emirates in 18 months.

Ian Wright labelled Mikel Arteta’s tactics ‘frightening’ following Arsenal’s defeat by Chelsea

However, his players put in a lacklustre display on Sunday as goals from Romelu Lukaku and Reece James secured a routine win for the visitors.

Following the loss, fans surrounded the Arsenal boss’s car and were heard asking him to ‘leave’ the club after their worst start to a season in their 118-year history.

Now, Arsenal legend Wright has joined them in their criticism. 

When asked if Arsenal had improved since their defeat to Brentford, Wright told Match of the Day: ‘No they didn’t, especially coming off of the Brentford game which was really quite disappointing.

Wright (left) claimed Arsenal were ‘not prepared’ to face Chelsea as he criticised Arteta (right)

‘Brentford… we know what they are coming from, we know what they are going to be like, it looked like we weren’t prepared for them.  

‘When you looked at the way that Chelsea played us today and the way Lukaku played, either they are not prepared, they are not listening, or they can’t perform what he wants them to do.’

Wright claimed the only shining light for Arsenal was summer arrival Albert Sambi Lokonga, who made his second Premier League appearance.

Albert Sambi Lokonga (right) was the only Arsenal player to merit praise from Wright

The 21-year-old (right) made his Premier League debut against Brentford on the opening day

Wright added: ‘What I saw today, apart from Lokonga, I thought he was very good today, [Nicolas] Pepe did a bit in places, I thought we looked really bereft of anything that we were doing.

‘I don’t know what the tactics were. Because when you look how easily they were able to breach. For me it was quite frightening.’

Arsenal were left without Ben White against Chelsea after the centre back tested positive for Covid-19.

Ben White was ruled out of Arsenal’s clash against Chelsea after testing positive for Covid-19

White’s absence was yet another blow for Arteta who was already missing Alexandre Lacazette, Thomas Partey and defender Gabriel Magalhaes through injury and Willian and Alex Runarsson after positive Covid tests.

Arteta will be hoping to turn Arsenal’s form around in their EFL Cup match away at West Brom on Wednesday night. 

Arsenal will then face reigning Premier League champions Manchester City in an early kick-off on Saturday lunchtime.  

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