Ian Wright thinks Arsenal would’ve beaten Manchester City with one player starting

Mikel Arteta’s men appear to have mixed feelings after the stalemate at the weekend. Of course, Arsenal missed the chance to return to the top of the Premier League table. And they may feel that they missed an opportunity to take advantage of a depleted City squad.

However, Arsenal made a statement in how comfortable they appeared in the draw. David Raya certainly did not have a lot to do. And Arteta appeared to devise a plan that nullified much of the threat the champions carried.

Nevertheless, there were moments which will have left Arsenal wondering what could have been, particularly after Gabriel Martinelli gave them a dramatic victory in a similarly-cagey affair in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.

Martinelli came on during the latter stages at the Etihad Stadium. The Brazilian missed the win over Brentford and did not go off on international duty. So it was not entirely surprising that he did not play a prominent role against City.

Speaking on Wrighty’s House, Ian Wright suggested that he believes that the scoreline may have been different had Martinelli been ready to start.

“Today was just fantastic in the way that we all stayed very disciplined with what we’re doing. Can I be honest? If Martinelli’s playing that game, I think we win that game,” he said.

“I genuinely do, because some of the times, we were playing so deep and I was thinking, okay, we’ve got Saka all the way back, Jesus was all the way back there, I’m thinking okay they’re doing that job to make sure that they stifle everywhere that they try to come in.

“But I was looking at us. We were so low in respect of getting out of our third that I was thinking we’re going to be in trouble here. Can we keep this up? Simply because it seemed like such a long way to go without someone like Martinelli, who looks to do that, and they will know he looks to do that. So they’ll try and give us a little bit more space to deal with Martinelli. So I was pleased to see him come on because it makes Man City have to think of something totally different.”