Ian Wright says Thomas Partey and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were ‘poor’ in Arsenal’s draw with Brighton

Thomas Partey struggled to make an impact in Arsenal’s draw with Brighton (Reuters)

Ian Wright believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Thomas Partey were both ‘poor’ in Arsenal’s goalless draw with Brighton on Saturday.

Mikel Arteta’s side struggled to create clear-cut chances at the Amex Stadium, while at the other end, Aaron Ramsdale delivered another impressive display to help keep Brighton at bay.

Aubameyang failed to register a shot on target for Arsenal and was replaced in the 72nd minute by Alexandre Lacazette. Partey also registered a sub-par performance the heart of the Gunners’ midfield.

But despite the stalemate, Wright believes the result is a ‘fantastic point’ for Arsenal.

‘It would be easy to get carried away with that result last week [the win over Tottenham] because they were fantastic but this was a very well-drilled Brighton side in difficult conditions and a very young Arsenal side,’ Wright said on BBC’s Match of the Day.

‘I thought Aubameyang today, unfortunately, was poor, I thought Partey was poor. I thought Odegaard didn’t play very well.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to register a shot on target against Brighton (Getty)

‘We know what Brighton are going to do, we need to keep the ball and get the counter attack going. We could not do that today.

‘Everything was bouncing off Aubameyang. When he got into opportunities he couldn’t quite get it out of his feet. It just wasn’t happening for him. It was an off day, we saw how sharp he was last week.

‘This kind of game suits him [Lacazette] more. He links the play better. We didn’t punish them and it was in those moments [on the counter] that we lacked quality.

‘In the end I think it’s a fantastic point for Arsenal with the way the team is, it’s a young team, it’s a good point, it’s much better than I thought it would be in the end.’

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