Ian Wright has maverick solution for Arsenal’s defence

Date published: Wednesday 6th February 2019 10:53

Ian Wright says Shkodran Mustafi can replace the struggling Stephan Lichtsteiner at right-back for Arsenal.

Raheem Sterling tore Lichtsteiner apart during Manchester City’s 3-1 victory over the Gunners at the weekend with Pep Guardiola’s men targeting the right-hand side of Arsenal’s defence.

Lichtsteiner wasn’t the only player to struggle against the Premier League champions with Mustafi also having a difficult time in the centre of defence alongside Laurent Koscielny.

And Wright, who admitted he was worried by the omissions of Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey, thinks he has the solution to the Gunners’ defensive problems.

“Why should Arsenal fans be optimistic? Because they’ve got a manager who’s not afraid to make decisions,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 live.

“He’s making a decision at the moment with a star player he’s not playing.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

“He played Sead Kolasinac on the left side of midfield instead of the highest-paid player in the history of our club and the most talented player.

“That’s a worry because you need chances, you need creativity.

“Aaron Ramsey’s always going to come on and put in a good shift. Maybe I would have liked to see him play, and Ozil.

“I don’t think we should go up to Manchester City and just try the best we can with a makeshift midfield. The right back, you know what I mean. Why didn’t he put Mustafi at right-back?”

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