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Ian Wright thinks that teams below Arsenal “can smell that blood” as they attempt to drag Mikel Arteta’s men into a relegation battle.

The 2-1 reverse at Everton was their fifth defeat in that sequence and has resulted in their worst points return – 14 from 14 matches – since 1974-75.

They have lost eight times in total and only bottom side Sheffield United have a worse record and it has put Arteta, who marks his one-year anniversary at the club on Sunday, under pressure.

And Arsenal legend Wright is worried that they could now become embroiled in a relegation battle rather than a fight for Europe.

Wright said on DAZN: “I think they’ve come out and backed him [Arteta] – and rightly so, he’s a good coach – and they’re going to have to have to do something for him in January.

“I think with the current players he’s got – I’m not saying Arsenal are going to go down, of course I’m not saying that – if you can’t arrest that slide, you will get dragged in.

“And then you’re going to be under real pressure to get yourselves out of it, then people have to perform to a certain level to get yourselves out of it. Because other teams can smell that blood and they will go for you. It’s a very ruthless league.

“What we saw, especially with the goals [conceded] and the way they’re playing, not a lot of creation and even when they did there weren’t enough people in the box.

“What you want is, if you’re not scoring enough, you make sure you’re defending resolutely. You’ve got to be tighter on people.

“I thought the set-piece goal was poor. I thought the lead up to Everton’s first goal could have been avoided and all about hard work, getting close to people and making it more difficult for them.

“Arsenal are going through a phase at the moment where they do not seem to be able to create the kind of chances that are giving them opportunities to score, so they have to be exemplary in another area and it’s defending.”

Ian Wright has heaped praise on Jurgen Klopp for his “brilliant management” of the Liverpool youngster.

Edu has claimed it is too early to judge Willian at Arsenal, but Wrighty’s having none of it.

Ian Wright admits he was “devastated” to see one player leave Arsenal in the summer.

Chelsea lost against Everton on Saturday after Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the only goal of the match.

Wright says Solskjaer should use funds from the sale of Paul Pogba to remedy their defensive woes.

Wright claims Solskjaer should have been more positive in Manchester United’s 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig.

Liverpool and Manchester United get all the praise while Arsenal get a complete shoeing.

The good news for Sam Allardyce is that not every team attacks with the Villa verve. Lord.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought his balloon and Leeds were absolutely not ready for it.

Serge Aurier lost his head while Leicester kept theirs throughout a very easy win over Tottenham.

Brighton were again pretty but incredibly wasteful. This was a relegation battle – the poor finishing is a telltale sign.

Source: https://www.football365.com/news/ian-wright-warns-arsenal-relegation-rivals-smell-blood

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