Arsenal legend Ian Wright says there are only a couple of the club’s players who are aware of the dire situation the Gunners are in as they continue to languish near the foot of the table.
Mikel Arteta’s side are spending Christmas in 15th after a disappointing run of form that also included a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
The Gunners face key fixtures over the festive period as they entertain Chelsea in a London derby on Boxing Day, before back-to-back trips to two of the few clubs below them in the table, Brighton and West Brom.
With Arsenal usually up the other end of the table and challenging for the European places, Wright is looking for characters who have the experience of battling their way out of tough positions.
“What Arsenal fans have to recognise at the moment is where we are,” he said on Optus Sport’s The Kelly and Wrighty Show.
“It’s the realisation of where we’ve also got to look at the players in the dressing room. Do they realise what’s going on?
“I watched Burnley beat Wolves the other day and it was a performance from a team who know where they are.
“And this is what I’m saying with Arsenal, there’s not many players… I think [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang in Jurgen Klopp’s last season at Borussia Dortmund might have been flirting with it but they got out of it at the end, no problem.
“I think Cedric Soares at Southampton had a time where they were struggling but there’s not many in that dressing room that know about the situation they’re now facing.”
Aubameyang was part of Klopp’s Dortmund side which sat bottom of the Bundesliga more than halfway through the 2014/15 season before they recovered to finish seventh, with the manager leaving that summer and joining Liverpool a few months later.
Right-back Cedric, meanwhile, was part of the Southampton sides which finished 17th in the Premier League in 2017/18 and 16th in 2018/19.
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