Ian Wright pinpoints moment Arsenal stopped playing for Arsene Wenger
The Arsenal legend earmarks the exact moment Arsene Wenger's squad stopped playing for the manager
Ian Wright has singled out Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game as the first time the Arsenal legend identified the players were losing faith in their manager.
The north London side have made a disappointing start to the 2017-18 Premier League season as Arsenal look to break back into the top four.
The Gunners were unconvincing 4-3 winners against Leicester City in their opening fixture after late goals from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud rescued three points.
The FA Cup holders suffered a demoralising 1-0 loss to Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium following Jese Rodriguez’s second-half winner.
Arsenal succumbed to a humiliating 4-0 loss to title rivals Liverpool as Wenger’s players produced an abject performance at Anfield.
The Arsenal manager is coming under increasing pressure after the Gunners limped to a fifth-place finish last term.
Ex striker Wright believes the turning point for Wenger at Arsenal was his 1,000th game in charge when Chelsea were 6-0 winners against their bitter rivals back in 2014.
“The 1,000th game. It was the same week Mourinho called him a specialist in failure,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“The players are no long playing for their manager. The first time I saw that was that game.
They were talking about it all week. You were expecting the players to respond to that for the manager. They lost 6-0.
“I said it on the day and I’ll say it now, the team hasn’t played for the manager for years.”
Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04 when Wenger was able to call on the talents of Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira to help fire the Gunners to a famous unbeaten season.
The north London side have won the FA Cup three times in the past four campaigns.