Mikel Arteta decision leaves Ian Wright ‘worried’ for future Arsenal stars

Ian Wright has admitted he is worried about the progression of the likes of Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson as Arsenal stick with Alexandre Lacazette.

In the early weeks of the season, Lacazette has struggled for form, with many questioning his place in Mikel Arteta’s line-up.

But so far, Arteta has stuck with the Frenchman, to the detriment of Nketiah and Nelson.

The pair would have hoped to break into the Gunners team this season, but have been left frustrated.

And Arsenal legend Wright, believes that the two youngsters, and Nketiah in particular, need to do more to state their case.

On his Wrighty’s House podcast, he said: “Reiss Nelson… what’s gonna happen with Reiss Nelson? You have to be worried about Reiss and, to a certain extent, Eddie as well.

“We talked about Laca and people are talking about Laca’s got to be taken out. Maybe for just for himself, just to have a rest.

“Eddie now should be looking at what Laca does, why Laca’s in the team, why Laca’s being picked over him even though he’s not scoring. And he’s got to start learning about the progression of himself.

“Because by now, with the goals that we know he’s capable of scoring because he can get in the box and he can finish, he should be adding those other things to his game to be putting a bit more pressure on Laca, with all due respect to Laca.”

Wright, who scored 185 goals during his time with the Gunners, has told the England U21 international he needs to “get angry” to force his way past the struggling Lacazette.

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“He should have forced himself by now, especially with Laca,” he added.  “If he had gone on loan at the start of the season and Laca’s in the form he’s in, people would probably be saying, ‘What did you sent Eddie out on loan for? He should be there!’.

“The fact is, if I had to speak to Eddie, I’d be saying, ‘Listen, I don’t know if you’ve recognised it but your opportunity is right now. As a No.9 if you want to play that role, it’s now’.

“Because you’ve got a No.9 at the moment who has low confidence, he brings so much to the team, but at the same time, if the manager has somebody that is a goal threat and doing that pretty well, he’d probably play you.

“He needs to get angry.”

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