Ian Wright annoyed with Arsenal star Per Mertesacker: I'd target him

Arsenal legend Ian Wright admits his frustration with Per Mertesacker.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright says if he was playing against the Gunners he would target Per Mertesacker.

The former forward turned pundit says he feels 'annoyed' by the German after Liverpool's equaliser at Anfield in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Sunday.

Mertesacker was pictured shying away from the leaping Slovakian as he headed in a late equaliser for the Reds.

Wright told BBC 5 Live 606: "It's one of those where I do watch and with Per, he's someone who if I was still playing I'd try and get myself against him.

"He does seem like he's got a lot of flaws. What annoys me is the height of him. You're talking about the last knockings of a game, Skrtel's head's bandaged up, he's going in there, he's a warrior for them,  why wouldn't you be close to him?

"Per being our biggest man why wouldn't you do that job? You shouldn't have to be told. Chambers was coming off the post to try and engage Skrtel whose already got a run on the ball, he's got no chance."

It's not the first time in recent weeks Mertesacker has come under scrutiny for his defending at set pieces, for he was singled out for criticism by Jamie Carragher after his display at Stoke in which the Gunners lost 3-2.

He was seen as excellent last season, but genuine questions are emerging as to his defensive organisation and leadership without the injured Laurent Koscielny alongside him.

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