Former Arsenal legendary striker, Ian Wright said coach Arsene Wenger was wrong to have played Alex Iwobi against Chelsea in their Caraboa Cup semi-final after the player was reported to be partying ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup loss to Nottingham Forest.
Wright accused Wenger of displaying lacking “leadership” by taking a weak stance on the issue.
The young midfielder was caught on a video dancing and screaming at a flat in Soho, allegedly at 2.37am the day before Arsenal’s 4-2 FA Cup loss at Nottingham Forest.
Iwobi, 21, played in that game – and was also selected for Wednesday’s goalless Carabao Cup semi-final first leg with Chelsea.
Wright was furious, insisting Wenger’s decisions send the wrong message to players and only serve to make the club a ‘joke’.
He told Sky Sports: “In the current climate, for a young player to go out and do that with Arsenal going through what they’re going through now…
“Experienced players wanting to leave, there’s no leadership — Arsene Wenger should have made a better stance on this.
“Because Arsenal have got to find what we are losing at the moment. People laugh at us — they see it as a bit of a joke with what’s going on at the moment — players don’t want to be there.
“It just feels like we are losing control.”
Iwobi was selected ahead of Theo Walcott, for instance, and Wright said: “What’s it saying to Theo?
“He’s got a youngster that’s gone out less than 48 hours before the game, still plays in that game, plays in this game and you can’t get a game in front of him.
“You’ve got to start thinking about your own future.”
He added: “I think (Jose) Mourinho wouldn’t have that. I don’t think a Man United player would (go out 48 hours before a game).