Ian Wright questions Unai Emery’s tactics for Arsenal’s 3-1 loss at Liverpool FC

Arsenal legend Ian Wright questions Unai Emery's tactics for their 3-1 loss to Liverpool FC last weekend

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

Ian Wright has questioned Unai Emery’s tactics in Arsenal’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool FC at Anfield on Saturday evening.

The Gunners made the trip to Liverpool FC looking to preserve their 100 per cent record in the Premier League this season.

Liverpool FC eased to a 3-1 victory over Arsenal thanks to goals from Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah.

Substitute Lucas Torreira scored what ultimately proved to be a consolation goal for the north London outfit late on in the game.

Summer signing Nicolas Pepe made his Arsenal debut in the Premier League clash at Anfield.

Emery opted for a diamond formation in the Premier League clash in a break from his tactics in their earlier games this term.

And former Arsenal striker Wright has questioned why Emery went with a diamond formation for the trip to Liverpool FC.

“It was one of the things that I was baffled by,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 live.

“Before the game I was hoping to see Lacazette, Pepe and Aubameyang as I believe that Liverpool playing with a high line were there for the taking and I was really excited about that.

“And then to see the diamond or triangle given up space to Alexander-Arnold and Robertson was confusing for me.

“I don’t know if he’s doing it because he might use that system against lesser teams and it might work as he wants to keep it narrow.

“I thought against Liverpool it was a tactic that was handing them the incentive and I thought we played a bit too deep. ‘The chances we got were mistakes from Liverpool and in the main Liverpool were in control of that.

“I would rather we just go there with potency that we have and show them this is what Arsenal are about now. This is how we are moving forward but it was a confusing one for me.”

Arsenal are in third position in the Premier League table and three points adrift of Liverpool FC following their first defeat of the top-flight season.

The Gunners signed Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli, Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba, Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, Lille winger Pepe, Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney and Chelsea FC centre-half David Luiz.

Arsenal finished in fifth spot in the Premier League table last term and also lost 4-1 to Chelsea FC in the Europa League final in Baku back in May.

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