Ian Wright tears into Arsenal trio and explains Mikel Arteta mistake during Brighton draw

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Arsenal icon Ian Wright has slammed the performances of Thomas Partey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Martin Odegaard in Saturday’s goalless draw with Brighton and Hove Albion. Mikel Arteta’s side were forced to settle for a point at the Amex Stadium, with neither side able to break the deadlock in a tense affair on the south coast.

Arsenal were outplayed for the vast majority of proceedings by Brighton, who enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and chances.

Lewis Dunk, Neal Maupay and Dan Burn all missed opportunities to open the scoring for the hosts, while Emile Smith Rowe went close for the Gunners late on.

The result saw Arsenal’s three-match winning run come to an abrupt end, but the north Londoners remain unbeaten in their last five outings in all competitions.

Wright was less than impressed with a number of players over the course of the match, with the 57-year-old singling out Partey, Aubameyang and Odegaard for special criticism after the final whistle.

“It would be easy to get carried away with that result last week [the win over Tottenham] because they were fantastic,” Wright said on BBC’s Match of the Day.

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“But this was a very well-drilled Brighton side in difficult conditions and a very young Arsenal side.

“I thought Aubameyang today, unfortunately, was poor, I thought Partey was poor. I thought Martin didn’t play very well.

“We know what Brighton are going to do, we need to keep the ball and get the counter-attack going. We could not do that today.

“Everything was bouncing off Aubameyang. When he got into opportunities he couldn’t quite get it out of his feet.

“It just wasn’t happening for him. It was an off day, we saw how sharp he was last week.”

Wright also suggested that Arteta should have started Alexandre Lacazette in attack to stand the best chance of taking maximum points from the trip to Brighton.

“This kind of game suits him [Lacazette] more,” he added.

“He links the play better. We didn’t punish them and it was in those moments [on the counter] that we lacked quality.


“In the end, I think it’s a fantastic point for Arsenal with the way the team is, it’s a young team.

“It’s a good point, it’s much better than I thought it would be in the end.”

Saturday’s draw with Brighton saw Arsenal climb to ninth in the Premier League table, four points adrift of fourth-placed Everton.

The Gunners will be hoping for a quick-fire return to winning ways in their next outing against Crystal Palace after the international break.

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