CRISTIANO RONALDO is “exactly what Arsenal need”, according to Ian Wright.
The Gunners are slowly watching their Champions League dream fade amid a horror run of form.
Ian Wright reckons Arsenal are just one Cristiano Ronaldo away from being a top-four teamCredit: Getty
Ian Wright has suggested Arsenal’s goal-drought could hamper their top-four dreamCredit: Getty
Mikel Arteta had guided his side from their worst start to a season EVER to pole position for the final top-four spot.
But a disturbing run of form has seen them slip below rivals Tottenham and Manchester United and could drop out of European contention altogether.
And Gunners legend Ian Wright reckons Ronaldo is the sort of player his old team desperately need.
Wright told Premier League Productions: “He’s got 13 points alone from winning goals that he’s scored for them.
“That’s what you get at Man Utd.
“That’s exactly what Arsenal need, because if he wasn’t playing for United they’d be nowhere near where they are.
“That’s what you pay for and that’s what he’s delivered, he’s amazing.”
Ronaldo has scored 15 times in the Premier League this season – including a hat-trick in the 3-2 win over Norwich on Saturday.
No Arsenal player has hit double figures in the league yet this season with their goal drought severely hampering their top-four aspirations.
Arteta opted to axe Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, with no replacement brought in.
Aubameyang has scored goals for fun in Barcelona as Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah – both expected to quit the club in the summer – struggling.
Arsenal have scored just two goals in their last five games, conceding eight.
Should the Gunners win their game in hand, they will move level on points with fourth-placed Spurs, behind their North London rivals only on goal difference.
But with putting the ball in the back of the net becoming a problem at just the wrong time, it seems Arsenal’s January transfer gamble may have backfired.