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Ian Wright notices something that worries him about Arsenal

Gunners legend Ian Wright has pointed out something that worries him about the way Arsenal are playing in recent matches

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Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has criticised the team for what he perceived as a lack of intensity and shrinking under pressure in recent matches.

The Gunners’ hope for a first Premier League title since 2004 was dealt a significant blow following the 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. 

Late goals from Leon Bailey and Ollie Watkins sealed the fate of Mikel Arteta’s side, marking their fifth league defeat of the season and leaving them trailing behind in the title race, now led by Manchester City. 

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Wright took to Twitter to express his concerns, stating that Arsenal retreated into their shell while Villa showed courage and determination.

“I think Arsenal went into their shell and lost their intensity,” Wright remarked. “Aston Villa found their intensity in the second half. Two shots on target, two goals. Very ruthless with their finishing. Villa deserved to win that game.”

Wright also commended Villa for their bravery and performance, noting their resilience despite injuries and midweek fixtures. Arteta, on the other hand, stressed the need for mental resilience and character from his players in the face of adversity.

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“That’s the reality right now. We knew that this moment could come and now it’s about reacting and keep believing,” Arteta stated in his post-match press conference. He acknowledged Arsenal’s strong first-half performance but highlighted the shift in momentum and the team’s failure to capitalise on their opportunities.

Looking ahead, Arsenal face a challenging series of fixtures including a Champions League quarter-final decider against Bayern Munich and Premier League clashes with Chelsea, Tottenham, and Manchester United. Arteta sees these upcoming games as an opportunity for his players to respond positively to their setback against Villa.

“The players are frustrated and sad,” Arteta admitted. “But we have a beautiful opportunity that hasn’t happened for this club for 14 years to go to the semi-finals of the Champions League. It cannot come at a better moment.”

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