Former-Arsenal defender Martin Keown has urged manager Arsene Wenger to utilise Jack Wilshere and Alexandre Laczaette following the team’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Arsenal could not achieve the seemingly impossible on Sunday as they fell to Manchester City. The Premier League leaders were once again in top form creatively, but Arsenal were spared a hammering as Pep Guardiola’s men were uncharacteristically poor in front of goal.
Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus scored the goals for City, and Arsenal could only reply via a drilled effort from Alexandre Lacazette. While the defeat was hardly an embarrassing one, it leaves the Gunners teetering on the edge of yet another season without a Premier League title.
Indeed, City have now taken 31 points from a possible 33, meaning they are eight clear of nearest rivals Manchester United, and 12 clear of Arsenal, who slip into sixth place following Liverpool’s hammering of West Ham.
Following the game, many have questioned Arsene Wenger’s tactics, with the manager opting to use Alexis Sanchez at the point of the attack instead of an out-and-out striker, while there was a worrying lack of creativity in the midfield.
Former-Arsenal defender Martin Keown has called upon Wenger to make changes to the team, as he wrote in his Daily Mail column: “Where was Arsenal’s midfield creativity? They were not able to play the way they wanted in the final third and that is where Wilshere would have made a difference. He commits defenders, he creates space, he finds that pass for Alexis Sanchez or Alexandre Lacazette. Does Wenger play Wilshere instead of Ozil, or in midfield in place of Xhaka?”.
Of Lacazette he said: “I do not understand why Lacazette did not start. This was the second big game after the defeat at Liverpool that he has started on the bench. I don’t think he deserves that. Any doubts about Arsenal’s record signing were erased when he came on and scored”.
It is clear that Keown does not think Wenger made the right calls on Sunday with regard to Wilshere and Lacazette, and he may be right. The two are fine players and if they had started at the weekend, then things may have been different.