Ian Wright names Arsenal players who must be dropped for Southampton clash

Arsenal hero Ian Wright has urged Mikel Arteta to switch up his first-team plans immediately.

The former Manchester City coach is under intense pressure at the Emirates following a run of dire form in the Premier League which leaves them placed 15th after 12 fixtures.

Wright has told Arteta that he needs to make big changes if he is going to change their fortunes around against Southampton on Wednesday – adding that he should drop senior stars.

With Granit Xhaka suspended, the former England striker has hinted that Alexandre Lacazette and Willian should join him on the sidelines in favour of some fresh legs.

“He [Xhaka] got sent off doing what he does a lot, when a player is going past him he drags them down, he’s never in the right position, he’s always having to drag people down and make fouls, and he’s done it again and it cost us,” Wright told Premier League Productions .

“The manager has stuck with him for a while. He has shown a lot of faith in him.

“I think he has done the same with Willian. He has done the same with Lacazette.

“There are players now that should be getting a blast at it now. Throw in Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith-Rowe coming back on-loan and doing well at Huddersfield last season.

“Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles. You need to do something different because if it carries on like this and he continues to have faith in these players, and they are not delivering, then I don’t know what’s going to happen next.

“It’s a time when you need experienced players the most. I feel like at this particular moment, he has had a lot of faith in them and they have kind of let him down up to this point.

“I think Arsenal are at a real crisis point in terms of confidence. It’s going to be even lower now and it’s going to take something to build them up.

“This is why it needs some freshness. Just blood some fresh impetus.”

Arteta has stated that his players need to be brave when they take on Southampton, knowing defeat would hand the club five consecutive home league losses for the first time in their history.

He said: "We are not winning football matches and I have to put my chest there and you have to hit me.

"You have the right to hit me because I'm not winning.

"So what else can I do? Put my head down, work harder and try to do things better and improve. That's how we have to approach things, in my opinion.”

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