Why Ian Wright is 'baffled' by Arsene Wenger this season

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For years, Arsenal fans have pleaded with Arsene Wenger to spend big in the transfer window.

The French boss has often disappointed Gooners for his reluctance to splash the cash despite constantly qualifying for the Champions League.

After failing to qualify for Europe’s elite competition for the first time during his reign, Wenger did spend big last summer - although it was all on one player.

The Frenchman broke the club’s transfer record to sign Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for around £52.7 million. The striker was identified as the player to get Arsenal back in the big-time and he’s started his career in England promisingly, scoring six goals in 12 matches in all competitions.

However, there are slight concerns about how Wenger is treating Lacazette despite spending such a huge fee on him. That’s because the 26-year-old has only played 90 minutes on one occasion - during his debut against Leicester.

And he was even left on the bench for their trip to Manchester City last weekend - much to the bemusement of Arsenal fans. And that bemusement was only heightened when Lacazette came off the bench to get the away side back into the match before City made it 3-1 soon afterward.

While starting with Lacazette wasn’t likely to stop Pep Guardiola’s side from marching on, Wenger’s decision was certainly questioned - especially when you consider he was also left on the bench for the trip to Liverpool earlier this season.

And even club legends can't believe Wenger’s management of his record purchase.


When Ian Wright was asked about Wenger leaving Lacazette on the bench against City during the premiere of 89 The Film - a film about Arsenal’s title victory against Liverpool in 1989 - the former striker didn’t hide his thoughts.

Ian Wright on Lacazette

When asked why Lacazette didn’t start, Wright replied: “That’s a question you need to ask Arsene Wenger because it’s baffling.

“You can’t spend that sort of money on a player of that calibre who can score goals and not start him. That’s the baffling thing about Arsene Wenger right now.”

So it seems even Wright can’t explain why Wenger left Lacazette out.

While Arsenal fans - and legends - were left scratching their heads at Lacazette’s omission, the striker’s agent has spoken out about his client’s lack of 90 minutes.

Lacazette's agent has his say

"It's not worrying, because he played at Chelsea," David Venditelli said.

"Our way of working is to relativise things: 11 matches, nine starts. 

“Of course, it's not nice to see that he didn't start that match, but it was - as Arsene Wenger explained - for tactical reasons. He's learning. Alex needs to have calm around him. He's happy, and Arsenal are too with his work. 

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“It's not because a player doesn't play, even though it's two important games of course. He would have preferred to have played them."

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