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Ian Wright expresses disappointment over what one Arsenal star failed to do against Aston Villa

Wright is disappointed that one Arsenal star did not perform well against Aston Villa on Sunday, despite having the ability to trouble the opposition.

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Arsenal had a lackluster performance against Aston Villa, leaving former Gunners striker Ian Wright particularly disappointed, especially with the showing of one player.

One of the strengths of the player lies in his speed, which Wright believes should have been a significant advantage against a team like Aston Villa.

True, Unai Emery’s team typically adopts an aggressive high-defensive line, making the ability to exploit it a valuable asset.


However, Aston Villa faced this challenge adeptly, demonstrating excellent defensive organization throughout the game. Regrettably, Gabriel Martinelli failed to perform at his peak level on this occasion.

Speaking on the Kelly and Wrighty Show, Wright expressed his frustration at Arsenal’s inability to capitalize on opportunities, highlighting that the Gunners failed to stretch the opposition defense in a subdued performance.

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“We were unrecognizable in that second half with some of the decisions that were being made. I would’ve thought that would’ve been a good game for Martinelli to stretch them with that high line; Havertz did it a few times so you thought that Martinelli might’ve got a lot of joy in that respect, but he didn’t,” Ian Wright remarked.

Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli

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The Brazilian forward, known for his pace and ability to exploit high defensive lines, failed to make a significant impact against Aston Villa. Despite Arsenal’s typically aggressive attacking style, Villa managed to nullify Martinelli’s threat effectively.

This disappointing result dealt a blow to Arsenal’s title hopes, as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat. The defeat could potentially have far-reaching consequences in the Premier League title race, with Arsenal’s aspirations taking a significant hit.

As Arsenal reflect on this setback, they will need to regroup quickly and rediscover their winning form if they are to keep their title ambitions alive.

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