Ian Wright has expressed his opinion on center-back Jakub Kiwior. As Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal endured a 3-0 defeat to Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton on Sunday. Effectively extinguishing their Premier League title aspirations.
As Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal endured a 3-0 defeat to Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton on Sunday, effectively extinguishing their Premier League title aspirations. Ian Wright has expressed his opinion on center-back Jakub Kiwior.
During an interview with Premier League Productions, the Arsenal legend advised Jakub Kiwior to “bulk up” following a forgettable defensive performance against Roberto De Zerbi’s team. Despite acknowledging that the player is “very good.”
Although Arsenal initiated the game with a promising start, they struggled to cope with one of the league’s top attacking teams as soon as Brighton. Who are in contention for European qualification, found their rhythm. This hindered Arsenal’s aspirations of contending for the Premier League title.
Shortly after the half-time interval, the opening goal materialized when Julio Enciso. A teenage player standing at just 5ft7, impressively scored a header from close range.
Upon reviewing the replays, it became apparent that a Brighton player inadvertently stepped on the back of Kiwior’s heel. Causing his boot to come off. However, instead of attempting to clear the subsequent cross that entered the box moments later. Kiwior opted to go down while clutching his ankle, granting Enciso an unchallenged header opportunity.
It was a forgettable moment for Arsenal’s January signing, who was included in the starting lineup against Chelsea as a replacement for the struggling Rob Holding. The absence of William Saliba, who was previously credited with elevating the performance of those around him. Has been evident through his injury-enforced absence.
Although Wright acknowledges that Arsenal possesses a top-quality player in the Polish defender. He expressed dissatisfaction with several aspects of his performance
Why is Ian Wright Impressed?
Wright expressed his astonishment, saying, “I was thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, there is something seriously amiss with him because he has stopped, gone down. And it appears that he would be unable to continue playing. With all due respect to him, I had not witnessed such a situation before. If the injury was severe. He would have been substituted – but he was capable of carrying on. Therefore, the foul couldn’t have been significant enough for him to drop to his knees while the opponent had a clear header opportunity.”
“Now, he needs to quickly recover and get himself back in position. Look at him, he should be sprinting to get back into the defensive line.
“Ben White shifted out of position, leaving Kiwior exposed on that side. He made an attempt to close down the opponent, but when it didn’t succeed. He seemed to give up on the play. I would attribute that to inexperience playing at this level and in this league.”
The new arrival’s actions are not favorable.
And both his manager and teammates in the dressing room are unlikely to have well received them.
Had the player been genuinely injured and had to be substituted. It would have been more understandable. However, since he continued to play for the remainder of the match. It only exacerbates the situation.
The opening goal served as a catalyst for Brighton to create numerous problems for Arsenal. Ultimately leading to a well-deserved 3-0 victory for Brighton and effectively extinguishing Arsenal’s hopes of clinching the Premier League title.
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