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Ian Wright slams ‘poor’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thomas Partey in Arsenal draw at Brighton

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Ian Wright lashes out at ‘poor’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thomas Partey in Arsenal’s goalless draw at Brighton…

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to register a shot on target against Brighton
  • Thomas Partey was shown a yellow card at the end, winning just two of his 12 contested duels
  • The Arsenal duo were the oldest players on the pitch for Mikel Arteta’s side
  • Ian Wright claimed they were poor and lamented the team’s inability to counter











Ian Wright believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thomas Partey delivered ‘poor’ performances at Brighton and lamented Arsenal’s inability to launch effective counter-attacks in their goalless draw on the south coast.

Aubameyang, 32, and Partey, 28, were the two oldest players on the pitch for Mikel Arteta’s men, but failed to inspire their side to a fourth straight Premier League win amid underperforming displays.

The Gunners captain failed to fire a shot on target at Amex Stadium on Saturday and was replaced by fellow striker Alexandre Lacazette with 18 minutes of regular playing time left.

Gunners midfielder Thomas Partey

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) and Thomas Partey (R) were ‘bad’ against Brighton according to Ian Wright

Arsenal captain Aubameyang failed on the pitch in 72 minutes to register a shot on goal

Arsenal captain Aubameyang failed on the pitch in 72 minutes to register a shot on goal

In the meantime, Partey was booked right at the end of a match in which Opta claims he won only two of the 12 matches he contested, while Martin Odegaard was another leading figure who struggled and was replaced by Nicolas Pepe in the second half.

Arsenal have scored just five goals so far this season in their seven league games so far – the fewest in this phase of a campaign since 1986-87 – three of them in last weekend’s North London derby win against Tottenham.

And Wright attributed their failure to add to that modest number against Graham Potter’s men to an ‘off day’ for Aubameyang and an off-color game for the Ghana and Norway internationals.

Midfielder Partey was shown a yellow card at the end and won just two of the 12 matches he contested

Midfielder Partey was shown a yellow card at the end and won just two of the 12 matches he contested

‘It would be easy to get carried away by last week’s result’ [the win over Tottenham] because they were fantastic but this was a very well trained Brighton side in difficult conditions and a very young Arsenal side,” Wright said on BBC’s Match of the Day as quoted by The Metro.

“I thought Aubameyang was poor today unfortunately, I thought Partey was poor. I thought Martin [Odegaard] didn’t play well. We know what Brighton is going to do, we have to hold the ball and start the counterattack. We couldn’t do that today.

“Everything bounced on Aubameyang. When he got opportunities, he couldn’t quite pull it off. It just didn’t happen for him. It was an off day; we saw how sharp he was last week.’

Martin Odegaard was replaced in the second half by Nicolas Pepe

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright

Wright (R) also insisted that Martin Odegaard (L) ‘didn’t play very well’ at the Amex over the summer

Opta has also revealed that Lacazette completed six passes after coming on, the same number as Aubameyang, despite playing 54 minutes less than the Gabon striker.

And Gunners legend Wright hinted that the Frenchman should have started because of his superior connection skills, but still described the draw as a ‘fantastic point’ for a young Arsenal team.

‘This kind of game suits him’ [Lacazette] more. He links the game better. We didn’t punish them and that was in those moments [on the counter] that we lacked quality,” Wright continued.

“In the end I think it’s a great 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.”

Wright hinted that Alexandre Lacazette should have started instead of the Gabon striker

Wright hinted that Alexandre Lacazette should have started instead of the Gabon striker

Arteta also insisted that his side’s performance on the south coast did not deserve three points.

“I think it was a deserved point because I don’t think we deserved more than that,” said Arteta.

“We deserved the point because we defended very well in the last 15 or 20 meters of our field.

“But in the end we never felt like we were in control of the game and we struggled to break their press and get a good set of passes and push ourselves in the last third and they really gave us a hard time.”

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