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Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes the Gunners will not finish in the top four in the Premier League because they are not scoring enough goals.
The race to finish in the Champions League places is open after Saturday. It is a three-horse race between Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United. However, Wright says Arsenal are at a major disadvantage because they can not score goals.
It was shown again during 1-0 defeat against Southampton. Fraser Forster excelled in the Saints goals. He made some fine rescues and denied Granit Xhaka at death. Bukayo Saka was also dismissed with a pointless save.
Arsenal on a shocking run
Arsenal have now lost the last three games on spin. They have only scored two goals in the last five games and Wright says it will cost them.
The same day, Manchester United fought Norwich. But Wright pointed out that the Reds have Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese saved the day with a hat trick to achieve a 3-2 victory.
That’s what Arsenal are missing. Wright can see what Mikel Arteta is trying to do, but to no avail.
“The problem is to take chances, they were not half chances, they were good chances,” he said Premier League Productions. “They needed a striker, we do not have that striker.
“He’s trying to make it through the way we play. They created chances, goalkeepers play well, but those are chances they should take.”
Despite Arsenal being on a shocking run, they are still in the mix for the top four. Tottenham slipped home to Brighton as they lost 1-0. United sat back in the mix with the Norwich victory.
Arsenal are three points behind Tottenham with one game left. But the remaining battles are, to say the least, difficult. The Gunners face Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham in the next three games. They will also play against Tottenham.
Wright supports Spurs and United
There is everything to play for, but Wright says Tottenham and Manchester United are ahead of Arsenal. And that is for one reason only.
“Look at Tottenham, they are capable of scoring,” Wright added. “Man United have got Cristiano Ronaldo, so you will always want the two to score goals. But Arsenal are not scoring enough goals at the moment.”
Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are joint top scorers with 10 goals each. Harry Kane leads the Spurs with 20 goals. Ronaldo has brought 21 to United.
So once again, it’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s departure in January that looks to cost the Gunners.
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