Ian Wright has admitted his concern about Arsenal’s lack of goals and creativity in the early stages of the season.
Since his appointment last December, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been credited with visibly improving the Gunners side, the Spaniard finally seeming to have made in-roads into addressing the club’s long-standing issues in defence.
However, despite all their possession, they were ruthlessly undone by Aston Villa at the weekend in a humbling 3-0 reverse to leave them languishing in 11th in the league having won four and lost four of their opening eight games.
In those eight games, they have registered just nine goals, and club legend Ian Wright has aired his concerns about their lack of output in front of goal, the former striker having witnessed a far from inspiring shooting drill ahead of their 1-0 win over Man Utd just over a week ago – a game which was won via a penalty kick.
“What I saw the other day was Arsenal’s warm-up before the Manchester United game – there was a shooting session down in the corner,” he said on Wrighty’s House podcast.
“We saw nine shots from the main characters – Aubameyang, (Alexandre) Lacazette, all of them – and every single one of them missed. Even though we beat Manchester United, it was telling.
“If I’m being honest, there’s not many chances being created, which is why I feel so unfortunate for Auba.
“It’s just a coincidence that he’s signed his contract at this time and then the suits say, ‘It’s because he’s signed his contract, he’s clocked off’. We’re not creating chances!
“We’re not creating chances but I do not like seeing in a warm-up shooting session, people missing the target, and sloppy shots. All those things make you look into the team and what’s going on.”