Arsenal legend, Ian Wright has criticized midfielder, Jorginho following his display for the Gunners’ Premier League 2-2 draw against Chelsea over the weekend.
Wright insisted that the Italy international ‘lacks drive and movement’ in Arsenal’s midfield and believes Oleksandr Zinchenko is struggling after Granit Xhaka’s departure in the summer.
Recall that Arsenal came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, thanks to goals from Declan Rice and Leandro Trossard.
“Can I be honest? I’m thinking with Mikel [Arteta] in that situation you’ve got to recognise, Tomiyasu starts that game, for me,” Wright said on his Wrighty’s House podcast.
“Zinchenko, without Xhaka and what Xhaka did for us, it is not the same role, he doesn’t seem to be able to do it without the way Xhaka was playing and giving him that license.
“I was just very surprised that in that game where I believed, with [Raheem] Sterling in his form as well, you have to dampen it down. Tomiyasu starts for me.
“And I just feel the midfield, Jorginho in there going back to his old place, no disrespect, with his lack of real drive and movement, I thought they had his number.
“And you know what? They had Martin Odegaard’s number as well. It was one of those where we needed to recognise quicker.
“I don’t know why Kai [Havertz] didn’t start, because I’m thinking to myself, we can’t have the running, it is not working, we can’t get the ball to them to turn them and run. Havertz, for me, should have started.”