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Ian Wright ‘baffled’ by Emery’s decision not to play wingers vs Liverpool


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Arsenal’s last league tie saw them face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

Unai Emery’s first game as Arsenal boss at Anfield saw his side smashed 5-1.

While this result was not as bad, Emery once again came away with zero points.

A Mohamed Salah brace and Joel Matip header got Liverpool’s three goals with substitute Lucas Torreira scoring a late consolation goal for the Gunners.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and David Luiz of Arsenal have a discussion after during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield on August 24, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Wright on Liverpool clash

In the aftermath of the tie, Arsenal legend Ian Wright was left ‘baffled’ by one of Emery’s decisions vs Liverpool.

That decision was Emery opting not to play with wingers on Saturday.

Instead, the Spaniard opted for a midfield diamond with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe as the forwards.

One Emery starting without wingers, Wright stated:

“It was one of the things that I was baffled by.

“Before the game I was hoping to see Lacazette, Pepe and Aubameyang as I believe that Liverpool playing with a high line were there for the taking and I was really excited about that.

“And then to see the diamond or triangle given up space to Alexander-Arnold and Robertson was confusing for me.

“I don’t know if he’s doing it because he might use that system against lesser teams and it might work as he wants to keep it narrow.

“I thought against Liverpool it was a tactic that was handing them the incentive and I thought we played a bit too deep.

“The chances we got were mistakes from Liverpool and in the main Liverpool were in control of that.

“I would rather we just go there with potency that we have and show them this is what Arsenal are about now. This is how we are moving forward but it was a confusing one for me.” As quoted by the Mirror.


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