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'Head isn't in the game': Ian Wright slams Leeds players work-rate vs Arsenal, says he didn't look focussed

Arsenal legend, Ian Wright, has criticised Leeds United’s star man, Raphinha, for what he believes was a lack of effort in terms of his defensive work.

The Gunners ran out 2-1 winners against Jesse Marsch’s side as Eddie Nketiah netted a brace to see Mikel Arteta’s men take firm control of the race for the top four. With Tottenham only drawing at Liverpool, the ball is very much in Arsenal’s court now when it comes to that battle.

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Of course, Arsenal had to overcome Leeds, who are battling against the drop. But while Leeds do a lot of things well, Ian Wright pointed out how Raphinha had been lax defensively, essentially allowing Arsenal an easy ride.

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“They had a lot of joy down this side [the left]. Raphinha wasn’t giving Ayling too much and help and Martinelli had a field day today, a lot of space to run into,” Wright said of the Brazilian star on MOTD.

“This is what I’m talking about Raphinha. He was doing this all game. It’s like his head isn’t in the game. He comes short and bam, it’s an easy one two.”

Raphinha is one of the Leeds players being tipped for an exit this summer. A host of clubs, including Barcelona, are thought to be keen on the tricky winger.

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It’s not looking good for Leeds really and with that will come the reality of losing Raphinha along the way.

The Brazilian is far too good to be playing Championship football, which very much looks a possibility for the Whites as things stand.

In terms of this insight from Ian Wright, he does make a valid point. Raphinha wasn’t involved enough in terms of helping out at the back and you’d imagine under Bielsa, he’d have been given quite the telling off. Indeed, the fact he was taken off on 60 minutes by Jesse Marsch says a lot as well.

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