Wright names shock Arsenal player to replace Lichtsteiner

Date published: Wednesday 6th February 2019 9:30

Arsenal legend Ian Wright thinks Shkodran Mustafi can replace the struggling Stephan Lichtsteiner at right-back.

Raheem Sterling tore Lichtsteiner apart during Manchester City’s 3-1 victory over the Gunners at the weekend with Pep Guardiola’s men targeting the right-hand side of Arsenal’s defence.

Lichtsteiner wasn’t the only player to struggle against the Premier League champions with Mustafi also having a difficult time in the centre of defence with goalscorer Laurent Koscielny.

And Wright thinks he has an unusual solution to the Gunners’ current defensive frailties.

“Why should Arsenal fans be optimistic? Because they’ve got a manager who’s not afraid to make decisions,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 live.

“He’s making a decision at the moment with a star player he’s not playing.

 

“He played Sead Kolasinac on the left side of midfield instead of the highest-paid player in the history of our club and the most talented player.

“That’s a worry because you need chances, you need creativity.

“Aaron Ramsey’s always going to come on and put in a good shift. Maybe I would have liked to see him play, and Ozil.

“I don’t think we should go up to Manchester City and just try the best we can with a makeshift midfield. The right back, you know what I mean. Why didn’t he put Mustafi at right-back?”

 

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