Ian Wright responds to claim Arsenal "didn't respect" Arteta's West Ham plan

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has defended Alexandre Lacazette after he claimed his teammates “didn’t respect” Mikel Arteta’s pre-match instructions before the 3-3 draw with West Ham.

The Frenchman raised eyebrows when he made the admission shortly after the Gunners’ dramatic comeback at the London Stadium.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “The feeling is mixed because I’m proud of my team for coming back in the second half and disappointed with the first half.

“We didn’t respect the game plan of the coach. This is not what we wanted but we have to think about it.”

Alexandre Lacazette told reporters Arsenal “didn’t respect” their manager’s plan

When asked why they didn’t respect Arteta’s plan, Lacazette added: “Don’t know. Maybe we had the pressure because we knew it was a big game.

“This is where we have to improve. We have to work a lot to be ready for the end of the season.”

The Arsenal boss was asked for his thoughts on the comments swiftly after: “The first goal it can happen, it’s a really good combination they do that they play that channel ball, they have players in the box. It’s a brilliant goal. It’s fine.

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“When we concede the second goal it’s unacceptable, the third goal is unacceptable. We still give them one more after the throw-in. They hit the post.”

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However, Wright suggested that it was merely a translation issue, rather than any kind of indictment of Arteta’s methods.

“No, I don’t think he means disrespect,” Wright told Premier League Productions (via HITC). “That’s just his translation and the way it’s been translated.

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Ian Wright claimed Lacazette’s comments were simply an issue with translation

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“He’s more saying that they didn’t execute the game plan for what the boss asked them to do. And you could see that in the first 30/35 minutes.

“Arsenal were nowhere near it and it was a testament to West Ham that they did punish them and take the chances when the chances came.

“In the end, I think the character that they showed was magnificent.”

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