Ian Wright has faulted Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette for their performances as Arsenal lost 1-0 to Aston Villa.
The Gunners were poor and faced a very organised Villa side that was confident of getting something from the match. The Villans started the game brightly and took the lead within two minutes.
Arsenal needed to respond from then on and never did.
Instead, it was Villa who looked like scoring more goals in the game.
After having a fine game against Wolves the other night, Pepe was in poor form.
Wright says he should have made better runs to make life easier for Emile Smith Rowe who was playing as a number 10.
He also said Lacazette was playing out of position on the night when he should have stayed up top.
He added that Villa had a better organisation and Arsenal made life easier for them.
“I just thought that the movement and some of the forward play wasn’t very good,” he told Match of the Day as quoted by Mirror Football.
“Pepe has got to do more for Emile Smith-Rowe. He’s that No. 10, he needs something, he needs an option. He could have gone inside, gone outside, he’s running towards it, nothing. It was quite easy for Villa, who were very organised.
“Lacazette, I don’t think he needs to be out there [in wide areas] now. He should be in this position [the box] because you’ve got Saka there, you’ve got Bellerin running.
“If you’re going to have the centre-forward out there [wide], you need somebody to be in there [in the box] and more of a threat. There’s not enough threat in that box.
“Look how deep Lacazette has come there, if you’re coming deep you need someone to be in there.
“I think Pepe should be coming across [more centrally]. If he makes that run [into the box] earlier, he might get something.
“Maybe I’m nit-picking but those things are things I probably would have wanted to do myself.”
Source: Just Arsenal News