Wright: Gunners are a humiliation

Arsenal legend Ian Wright is appalled at the current state of the club.

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The Gunners have struggled to put together a winning run in the Premier League, finding themselves 15 points off league leaders Manchester United and languishing in seventh place in the table. To worsen matters, Arsenal were handed a embarrassing penalty shootout defeat to League Two side Bradford City in their Capital One Cup tie on Tuesday night.

Wright told Absolute Radio that he was less than impressed by the team's display against Bradford but found himself more upset at manager Arsene Wenger's post-match comments.

"Why they were putting in the ball in from the wings with no-one in the box I don’t know, but yes I think in the grand scheme of things, when you look at the team that he’s put out, yes it’s humiliating," Wright stated.

"They used 14 players last night [Tuesday] Arsenal and 13 of the 14 were full internationals and what frightens me about it is Wenger has said that he’s not embarrassed by the loss. You’ve got to look at Arsène Wenger and everything that’s going wrong, there’s major problems."

The Frenchman has also struggled to get Theo Walcott to commit to a new contract with the club, and recent media reports have indicated that Sir Alex Ferguson intends to swoop for the former Southampton player. Wright believed that should United come calling, Walcott would have no trouble abandoning the Gunners ship.

"It would be a major loss, because I think that when you look at Theo for me singlehandedly against Reading he brought them back into the game and I feel that if Theo was playing last night [Tuesday], whatever people want to say about him I think he would have done something in the game," he said.

"I feel that if Manchester United are genuinely in for Theo...then Theo Walcott with his pace, with his ability, with the fact that he’s got a thick skin. Theo, he could take stick. I think that if Manchester United are in that’s it he’s gone."

Furthermore, Arsenal's star playmaker Santi Cazorla found himself in the news for all the wrong reasons after he dived to win a penalty in the team's recent game against West Brom. Nonetheless, the Spaniard told the Daily Telegraph that his actions had been blown out of proportion.

"Sometimes you dive and yet it's not something that should be a big controversy," Cazorla said.

"It's something that happens in football. Sometimes you're thinking: "Will they touch me or won't they touch me?" You go over and then realise they haven't touched you. It just happens."

Arsenal travel to relegation-threatened Reading for their next Premier League game on Monday.

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