Ian Wright has told Premier League Productions on Optus Sport that Arsenal midfielder Mo Elneny was guilty of “poor concentration” during Sunday’s 3-1 win over Leicester City – as Youri Tielemans gave Leicester the lead early on.
Arsenal eventually ran out 3-1 winners over Leicester, thanks to goals from David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe. But it did not go to plan initially, with Belgium midfielder Tielemans driving forward from midfield and finishing.
He did so after Arsenal gave the ball away on the left and despite Jamie Vardy being marked, £5million (Mirror) Elneny chose to remain in the middle of the pitch. It allowed Tielemans to drive into the penalty area and lash home an effort past Bernd Leno.
Arsenal legend Wright was pleased to see his side win but could not understand why Egypt international Elneny does not cover the out-of-position Kieran Tierney on the left flank – instead marking space in the middle of the pitch.
“Slack marking,” Wright said on Elneny. “It’s just slack play. Elneny has to come across at some stage but Tielemans goes through and you have to give him credit, he is in total control of what he is doing.
“But he [Elneny] has to comes across. Jamie Vardy is taken, he can see that. You want to keep it as tight as you can but because of a silly mistake, and poor concentration, they are 1-0 down. It could have been avoided.”
TBR’s view – Should Elneny be concerned about his future?
Elneny will turn 29 in the summer, but he will also enter the final 12 months of his contract at The Emirates. Talk of a new contract has evaporated. So, given that the Gunners have Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka and more, could he leave?
It is looking more and more likely. The Gunners have plenty of options in his position and considering his contract situation, Elneny might have to consider finding a new club over the course of the next few months. Sunday’s display will not help.