Ian Wright highlighted Arsenal’s lack of “discipline” and midfielder Martin Odegaard, which contributed to their defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.
Arsenal lost 3-1 at Old Trafford despite a strong performance in Manchester, nullified by two goals conceded in the second half.
Bukayo Saka canceled out Antony’s debut goal in a promising start to the second half for the Gunners.
But six minutes later the visitors fell behind again. Christian Eriksen, who shone in United’s midfield, found space deep in the Arsenal half to supply Bruno Fernandes, who provided the sensational assist for Marcus Rashford’s first goal of the afternoon – doubling his tally nine minutes later.
In his post-match interview, Arteta alluded to a lack of “discipline” in his side’s performance, with Arsenal hero Wright pointing out Odegaard’s failure to pursue Eriksen during United’s second game, with the Norwegian falling to the ground in frustration pounded after the gate fell.
“That’s what he is [Arteta] speaks in terms of discipline,” Wright told Match of the Day 2 after highlighting that Odegaard Eriksen lost in the build-up to the second goal.
“He needs to be closer to him. Eriksen got him out, now he [Odegaard] must see Eriksen out.
“He didn’t and you can see how disappointed he is about that. These are the things that kind of cost us today and they finished us off very recklessly.
Odegaard and Eriksen were also involved in the most controversial moment of the game when Gabriel Martinelli’s first-half goal was ruled out by VAR. Odegaard was accused of fouling Eriksen in the run-up, a decision that drew criticism from the Norway international and Arteta after the game.
However, Wright felt the right decision was made.
“In my day, people will sit there and say oh [it wouldn’t be given]. It’s a foul these days,” he said.
“I didn’t see that part because I was so looking forward to that part [Martinelli’s finish]. But when I saw it [the replay] I immediately thought that they will give that.
“Although they [VAR] had a complete nightmare on saturday, i couldn’t imagine they didn’t give that. I don’t think he needed to go to VAR for that, he should have seen that straight away.
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