Ian Wright is "worried" about two Arsenal players

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Arsenal secured their fifth-straight Premier League victory against Burnley on Sunday thanks to Laurent Koscielny's controversial late strike.

For 92 minutes it seemed the Gunners' winning streak would come to an end but, to the relief of Arsene Wenger, his players kept fighting until the death.

The truth of the matter is that Arsenal were poor - going forward anyway. While their defence remained solid throughout, the attacking quartet of Alexis Sanchez, Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott struggled to create opportunities.


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It was uncharacteristic of the foursome to perform so underwhelmingly but following impressive victories over Basel and Chelsea, it seems Wenger has cemented his attacking line-up for the foreseeable future.

And that concerns club legend Ian Wright.

Speaking on The Sun's Goal Podcast, the former striker explained how he's worried about Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who have made just three Premier League starts between them this season.

He said: "I am worried for Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

"I can't see how you're going to take Alexis Sanchez out of the [striker's] role, because he seems to have found that he likes it.

"Giroud would slow it up and no one can play in front of [Alex] Iwobi."

Wright has every reason to be concerned. With Sanchez firing on all cylinders and Iwobi emerging as Arsenal's latest prodigy, it's difficult to see either of them being displaced.

For Giroud and Oxlade-Chamberlain, it reduces them to appearances from the bench and in the EFL Cup, where Wenger deploys his second-string side.

The latter will particularly suffer from reduced game time given his age, aspirations and the sheer amount of pressure he's under to deliver at Arsenal.

Wenger remains hopeful that Oxlade-Chamberlain can reach his potential and admitted in August that this season could make or break the 23-year-old.

"It's a very important season for him," he said, per Arsenal's official website. "He has been out for a long, long time.

"He has been injured and did not go to the European Championship, like he should have done if he had been fit. That’s why I'm cautious with him.

"[He gives us] power, penetration. He has it all. It's difficult what he doesn't have - that's why I would like him to get to the level he can go to.

"Maybe he doesn't completely believe himself how good he can be and that's the final step for him."

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