Ian Wright slams ‘poor’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thomas Partey in Arsenal’s draw at Brighton… and hints Alexandre Lacazette should have started instead because he ‘links the play better’

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  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to register a shot on target against Brighton
  • Thomas Partey was eventually booked and won only two of his 12 contested doubles
  • The Arsenal duo was Mikel Arteta’s most senior player on the pitch
  • Ian Wright claimed they were poor and lamented the team’s inability to counter

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

Aubameyang, 32, and Partey, 28, were the two most senior players on the pitch for Mikel Arteta’s men, but could not propel their side to a fourth consecutive Premier League victory amid sub-par performances.

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The Gunners captain failed to register a shot on target at the Amex Stadium on Saturday and was replaced by fellow striker Alexandre Lacazette with a normal time of eighteen minutes.

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

Arsenal captain Aubameyang failed to register a shot on target during 72 minutes on the pitch

Arsenal captain Aubameyang failed to register a shot on target during 72 minutes on the pitch

Meanwhile the party was booked at the end of a match in which Opta claims he won just two of the 12 duels he fought, while Martin Odegaard was another key man who struggled and was replaced by Nicolas Pepe in the second half.

Arsenal have scored only five goals in their seven league games so far this season – their lowest at this stage of the campaign since 1986-87 – three of which came in last weekend’s north London derby win against Tottenham.

And Wright put his failure to add to that modest tally against Graham Potter’s men in a ‘one off day’ for Aubameyang as well as an off-color game for internationals from Ghana and Norway.

Midfielder Partey was eventually booked and won just two of the 12 duels they fought

Midfielder Partey was eventually booked and won just two of the 12 duels they fought

‘Last week would have been easier to live off that result’ [the win over Tottenham] Because they were fantastic but it was a very well drilled Brighton side in tough conditions and a very young Arsenal side,’ Wright said on the 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 very well. We know what Brighton are going to do, we need to keep the ball and strike back. We couldn’t do that today.

‘Everything was bouncing off Aubameyang. When he got the chance, he could not get it off his feet. It just wasn’t happening for him. was a holiday; We saw how fast he was last week.

Martin Odegaard was replaced by Nicolas Pepe in the second half.

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright

Wright (R) also insisted on signing Martin Odegaard (L) ‘didn’t play very well’ at Amex

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

And Gunners legend Wright indicated the Frenchman should have started due to his superior link-up skills, but nonetheless described the draw as a ‘fantastic point’ for a young Arsenal side.

‘This kind of game suits him’ [Lacazette] more. He connects to the drama better. We didn’t punish them and it was in those moments [on the counter] That we lack quality,’ Wright continued.

‘In the end, I think the way the team is, it’s a great point for Arsenal, it’s a young team, it’s a good point, more than I thought it would be in the end.’

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

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

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

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

‘We deserved this point because we defended the last 15 or 20 meters of our pitch really well.

‘But in the end we never felt in control of the game and we struggled to break their press and get a good sequence of dice and imposed ourselves in the last third and they made it really hard for us. ‘

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