'Terrible': Ian Wright critical of one Arsenal player against Manchester United
Ian Wright has told Premier League Productions that Martin Odegaard’s tackle to concede a penalty against Manchester United was “terrible”, and lacked “experience” – as Arsenal lost 3-2.
With the scoreline reading 2-2 deep into the second half, after Odegaard had cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo’s 800th career goal, the Norwegian jumped into a challenge in his own penalty area.
It was reckless. Sliding in on the wrong side of Fred, the Manchester United man was clever enough to get his body between ball and man and use the contact to go down. Ronaldo scored the penalty.
While Manchester United probably edged it, Arsenal had chances and could have easily scored themselves. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a guilt-edged opportunity late on, David De Gea saving.
Arsenal legend Wright was critical of the £30million (Independent) summer signing for his challenge on Fred in the penalty area. Ultimately, it has cost Arsenal a point and handed United all three.
“I think Arsenal deserved something but it was inexperience and poor play. This is just a terrible challenge. He has taken his eye off the ball, he is not looking around him, he is not aware of where Fred is,” Wright said.
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It is a tackle you would not attempt anywhere else on the pitch. Fred has body between ball and man. So why, oh why, would you try it in your own penalty area? It is one Odegaard will remember.
A sloppy, inexperienced, lazy mistake in one of Arsenal’s biggest fixtures of the season. If the Gunners are to maintain their challenge for the top four, beating the likes of United would have been crucial.
Instead, Odegaard’s lack of decision making might have cost the Gunners the chance to do just that. How important will this result, and Odegaard’s tackle be, come the end of the season?
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