Ian Wright tears into Arsenal trio after “disasterclass” against Man City

Arsenal suffered a third straight Premier League defeat at Man City and former Gunner Ian Wright has pulled no punches as he laid into three players including Granit Xhaka

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Ian Wright has not held back in his assessment of Arsenal following their defeat at Manchester City, which he has labelled a “disaster class”.

The Gunners were thumped 5-0 at the Etihad, their third straight defeat since the start of the season.

City went in 3-0 up at half-time and with a man advantage after Granit Xhaka was sent-off for a reckless tackle.

Wright has lamented the Swiss midfielder for getting himself dismissed insisting a man of his experience should know better.

He also took aim at Cedric Soares and Sead Kolasinac, who were part of a defensive line who had no answers for the City attack.

Wright told Premier League productions: “This is really embarrassing, really embarrassing.

Granit Xhaka was sent-off in the first-half

“I don’t know what [Arteta’s] game plan is. I’m looking at the defence and it is a disaster class. Between Cedric [Soares], [Sead] Kolasinac, they are all over the place.

“The pressing at the start, funnily enough, was pretty good. But apart from that, the organisation is absolutely abysmal…

“Cedric is meant to be an experienced player, he just got a brilliant deal from us, a four year deal. He has been an absolute joke in this game.

“You look at him, Kolasinac, and [Granit] Xhaka gets sent off. Our experienced players have really let us down in this game…

“It’s crazy [Xhaka’s tackle]. You don’t need to tackle like that against anybody, it’s a terrible challenge. When you’re 2-0 down against City you need somebody like Xhaka, who is an experienced player, to be calm because this could be anything Manchester City it to be.

“That is a dangerous challenge, he had to go. I think they said he has been sent off 11 times now, I’m not sure what it is. I’m not sure how Mikel [Arteta] is trying to justify that.

“It has all gone to pot. From an organisational point of view, even before they went down to ten men and 2-0, there was no plan…

“This for me is a crux point for Mikel Arteta. Arsenal fans around the world must be absolutely devastated.”

Arsenal are still yet to score in their three games this season as their problems deepen.

Pierre-Emerick Aubemyang and Martin Odegaard both came into the starting XI but were unable to have any impact as the north Londoners mustered just one effort on goal.

Arteta said: “I’m sorry we can’t get the results right now, we have to fix it.”

“We have to regroup, hopefully get a lot of players back as well, start working, refresh their minds. A really tough opening three weeks with everything that’s happened and we need to face the challenge.”

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