Ian Wright slams Arsene Wenger’s treatment of Arsenal signing

The Arsenal legend was at a loss to explain Arsene Wenger's decision to leave Alexandre Lacazette out of his starting XI at Man City last weekend

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Arsenal legend Ian Wright Photo: BT Sport

Ian Wright has branded Arsene Wenger’s decision to leave Alexandre Lacazette on the bench as “madness” for Arsenal’s 3-1 loss at Manchester City.

The Gunners boss made the decision to go with Alexis Sanchez in an attacking role despite the Chile international’s desire to leave Arsenal in the summer.

Indeed, the South American was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League leaders, although a deal fell through on transfer deadline day.

Lacazette scored five times in nine Premier League games ahead of their trip to Arsenal and even ended his goalless run on the road with a strike in a 5-2 victory at Everton.

However, the Gunners forward was left on the bench for trips to Stoke City and Liverpool before he impressed in a goalless draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Lacazette came off the bench with Arsenal trailing 2-0 to Manchester City before the 26-year-old halved the deficit within minutes of his introduction.

Former Arsenal striker Wright criticised Wenger’s decision to leave Lacazette on the bench.

“It’s madness Lacazette is not playing,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“And you’re playing someone who wants to leave!”

Arsenal signed Lacazette in a club-record £52m deal from Ligue 1 side Lyon.

The France striker scored 100 times in 201 games in all competitions.

MORE: Latest Arsenal news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand: Chelsea FC have made the signing of the summer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Man United could sign 33-year-old midfielder on a free transfer – report
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Piers Morgan (Photo: Piers Morgan / Twitter)
Piers Morgan reacts to Arsenal’s 2-1 win over West Ham United
Jurgen Klopp
Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Liverpool FC
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Dimitar Berbatov states his prediction for Man United v Crystal Palace
Ian Wright
Ian Wright predicts where Tottenham will finish with Gareth Bale
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Billie Jean King (Photo: Srdjan Stevanovic / ITF)
ITF announces that women’s tennis world cup to be renamed the Billie Jean King Cup
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes prediction about Arsenal this season
Timo Werner
Timo Werner: Why I chose Chelsea FC ahead of Liverpool FC