Ian Wright: Arsene Wenger got his selection wrong

Jack Wilshere

Former Arsenal man Ian Wright has argued Arsene Wenger took an unnecessary risk with Jack Wilshere against Fenerbahce.

Despite Arsenal cruising to a 2-0 win and 5-0 aggregate victory over Fenerbahce, one Arsenal legend was not happy with the manager.

Ian Wright criticised Arsene Wenger for taking an unnecessary risk with Jack Wilshere, who was the subject of several sturdy tackles in the second half. 

Wright, speaking as a pundit in the ITV studio, went onto add that the reason for the risk was down to Arsenal's short squad - itself a thinly veiled criticism of the non-spending manager. 

"I think Aaron (Ramsey) said it - they are a bit short.

"I don't even know why he (Wilshere) played in the game, when you are 3-0 up on aggregate.

"Why are they playing in a game like this?

"There is not enough in the squad to give them a rest. He shouldnt have been playing tonight for me."

However it was not just the selection with confused Wright, it was the decision to leave the Englishman on with the game already won, considering his previous injury problems.

Speaking specifically about the final stages of the game; "He wants to play, but he shouldn't be on there now."

He was backed by fellow guest Lee Dixon, who added: "I don't know why he was still on."

It's fair comment, although coming from Wright - a player turned pundit who rarely has anything positive to say about Arsenal nowadays, the observation may lose a bit of weight.

With Arsenal winning comfortably, it's typical he would focus on a negative aspect, but with Lukas Podolski injured on the night the risks taken with regard to Wilshere were clear to see.

It just makes you wonder what Wright would have had to say about the manager had Arsenal lost.

Do you agree with Wright? Did Wenger take an unnecessary risk?

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