Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has called on Gunners duo Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to provide more service for their frontmen this season.
Speaking on BBC’s Monday Night Club, 12/08, Wright said the playmakers do not provide anywhere near enough for the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
He said: “In respect of other players who need step up. Someone like Mkhitaryan. Mkhitaryan, Ozil, if they had the kind of season we’d been expecting in the last couple of years, I believe Aubameyang and the way he plays, he scored more goals against [the top six].
“In those games, I feel they do nowhere near enough to get him in the game. He plays on the edge. It’s up to people to find him, I think he does that against anymore. The fact is, I don’t think they create enough for him.”
TBR’s View – Arsenal may have moved past needing to rely on underwhelming playmakers
Arsenal now have a lightening fast front three and Dani Ceballos behind them firing the bullets. With young wingers like Reiss Nelson too, perhaps they don’t need to rely on Ozil and Mkhitaryan any more.
Especially in those bigger matches, Unai Emery now has the pace and diligence in his squad not to need to rely on the playmakers to turn up – which they haven’t done enough of in an Arsenal shirt.
Ozil cost a reported (BBC) £42m back in 2014, while Mkhitaryan came for free on a swap with Alexis Sanchez (BBC) but has still underwhelmed, despite not being as disastrous a failure as the Chilean has been at Old Trafford.