You’ve got to love Ian Wright.
The former Arsenal striker has developed into a brilliantly entertaining pundit over the past few years and has never been afraid to speak his mind - even if it means going against the grain.
Wright was on hand to offer his opinions on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday night, hours after Arsenal’s 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford, and couldn’t resist launching into a rant about his former boss Arsene Wenger after the veteran French coach said he couldn’t fault his players’ effort and commitment. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Because this was Ian Wright, though, of course his rant contained plenty of humour - even his fellow Match of the Day pundit, Alan Shearer, got in on the act.
It was all a far cry from Graeme Souness’s post-match rant on Sky Sports yesterday afternoon. The terrifying Scot, who doesn’t even support Arsenal, looked absolutely fuming after the final whistle and described the Gunners as “insipid”, “weak” and “pussy-footed”. Watch that video by clicking HERE.
Ian Wright's rant on Arsene Wenger
“It’s like when naughty kids come around your house,” Wright explained when discussing Wenger’s lack of criticism towards his players. “If you let them get away with continuously doing naughty stuff they’re going to keep doing it.
“I think [Wenger] saying stuff like this, it makes me think ‘oh, it’s okay’.
“They should be going back on the coach thinking ‘we had an opportunity today’ - it didn’t happen and they should have taken that opportunity today.”
“I wouldn’t want to come round your house,” Shearer commented.
Wright replied: “If you’re going to be naughty round my house, you’re going to have a problem!”
Arsene Wenger's comments
The former striker was perturbed - like many other Arsenal fans - after Wenger had told reporters, per the Mirror, earlier in the day: "Our spirit and commitment was 100 per cent there but it’s difficult to win away from home when you concede three goals.
“We were strong enough but they stopped us a lot with little fouls. That was very frustrating. I could not question our desire or commitment at all.”
Arsenal fans frustrated
This was totally at odds with how 99 per cent of Arsenal supporters saw the game.
The Gunners’ faithful, like Wright, were immensely frustrated that their players had failed to perform - yet again - in another important match.
United were there for the taking - Wenger’s side looked significantly stronger on paper - but they allowed an inexperienced 18-year-old to score two goals in three minutes, leaving themselves with a mountain to climb.
Arsenal are underperforming
With United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool all faltering this season, Arsenal have an incredible opportunity to end their 12-year wait for the Premier League trophy.
But Leicester City and Tottenham extended their lead over the Gunners at the weekend and Arsenal fans are now fearing the worst.
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