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Ian Wright has admitted that he did not like how easy Gabriel Martinelli made it for Gabriel Osho to equalise for Luton in the first-half against Arsenal, insisting that their vulnerability from set-pieces is a worry.

Wright was speaking on Stick to Football after the Gunners made a real statement by edging a seven-goal thriller at Kenilworth Road, with Declan Rice scoring a 97th minute winner.
It was Gabriel Martinelli who opened the scoring for the visitors. But he did make an error for Luton’s equaliser just five minutes later.

Ian Wright worried by incident involving Gabriel Martinelli

Martinelli was marking Gabriel Osho for the corner. However, by the time the ball landed on Osho’s head, the centre-back had more than a yard of space and was able to send his header past David Raya.
Certainly, Ian Wright was not impressed by Martinelli’s role in that goal – and noted that that is a concern as Arsenal look set to launch another title challenge in the Premier League.

“Last night’s one was a worry, simply because I thought we were very much in control of the game,” he told Stick to Football. “The first goal was a real worry for me, because the marking, with such a big side as well, you’ve got Gabriel Martinelli taking Osho. And you just feel like that doesn’t feel right. He didn’t even have to get off the ground to head the ball in. That didn’t feel good. It just felt, I didn’t like that.”

Gunners’ defensive record does need to improve

Arsenal will be worried about conceding three goals against Luton. The Gunners have only kept three clean sheets in their last eight games in all competitions.
Obviously, David Raya is coming in for a lot of criticism right now. And the Spaniard has not been good enough to justify Mikel Arteta’s decision to drop Aaron Ramsdale this season.

But others should take some responsibility. Leaving the centre-back with virtually a free header is not acceptable either. Luton proved in the early stages that they were up for the game and were going to be physical with Arsenal.

The Gunners did largely stand up to the challenge. But there were moments where Luton were able to get the better of them.

And that may leave Mikel Arteta with plenty to ponder as the table really starts to take shape .

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