Ian Wright has called on Mikel Arteta to drop the trio and put his trust in youth instead, with Willian struggling after transferring to Arsenal from Chelsea and Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi, both perennial underperformers. Wright, the second-top goalscorer of the club, also called for a resolution either way towards the saga of Mesut Ozil.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, according to club legend Ian Wright, should stop playing Willian, Sead Kolasinac, and Shkodran Mustafi and put his faith in youth.
Arteta received widespread applause for making the Gunners better defensively and winning the FA Cup in charge of the club within his first six months, but this season the North Londoners have suffered, with a run of one win in 10 Premier League games leaving them hovering above the drop zone.
Mustafi and Kolasinac have long been subject to the wrath of the fans, even since moving to the club from Chelsea on a free transfer this summer, Willian has made a lackluster start to his Emirates Stadium career.
Wright argues that none of the trios should be in the first team and also called on the board of the club to decide to put the saga to rest regarding the future of the frozen out Mesut Ozil.
He is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail, “With the manager and the players he’s picking now, people like Emile Smith Rowe and Joe Willock and those guys, I’d like to see them have a chance,”
It’s not happening and he’s not doing well, you’re looking at the Willians. Why are you playing people like Kolasinac and Mustafi? I’d rather see Saliba, who’s playing in the Under-23s, I’d rather see Smith Rowe and everything else. I’d rather see Saliba.