By Richard Parks
Ian Wright has insisted in the Sun that Arsenal midfield trio Jack Wilshere, Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka were blown away by Tottenham in Saturday’s north London derby.
The Gunners legend panned his former club’s performance in the 1-0 defeat at Wembley to their bitter rivals, which he insists could and should have resulted in a far more damaging scoreline.
Harry Kane scored the game’s only goal with an emphatic header after 49 minutes to continue his golden run in north London derbies and keep him at the top of the Premier League scoring charts with 23 in the competition this season.
Wright was also impressed at how Tottenham dominated the match and pointed at their strength in the centre of the pitch as Mousa Dembele delivered his latest masterclass following equally influential showings against Manchester United and Liverpool.
“One goal separated the sides and Arsenal wasted some chances at the end but we all know the scoreline should have been very different and Harry Kane could have got a hat-trick,” Wright wrote in his weekly Sun column.
“Gooners got excited — understandably so — with the arrivals of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, coupled with the 5-1 hammering of Everton. But the Spurs game highlighted the same old weaknesses.
“Jack Wilshere tried hard but a midfield of Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka was not helping the defence whatsoever.”
Wright also wrote off Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the top four this season as he explained their only hope of a Champions League return is by winning the Europa League.
The former striker does not believe Arsene Wenger’s side are good enough under the current management to finish above Manchester United, Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea, who beat West Brom 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.