Micah Richards has questioned Mikel Arteta’s decision to start Gabriel Jesus on the left wing, following the 2-2 draw against Tottenham.

The Gunners have been dealing with a number of injury issues, with both Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard currently sidelined. But rather than start the likes of Kai Havertz, Emile Smith Rowe or Reiss Nelson, Arteta decided to play Gabriel Jesus in wide position. And that left Richards calling Arteta’s decision making into question.

Richards said: “We’ve got to give credit to Arsenal. They’re playing some brilliant stuff. But I’m not too sure about Jesus on the wing. I saw him at Man City and a lot of his good stuff did come from the wide areas, whether on the right or the left,”

“But I think they bought him to be a striker. The manager Arteta trusts Eddie Nketiah, I know that. But you have to play Jesus down the middle. I know Trossard was injured and Martinelli was injured as well. But you’ve got to play Jesus down the middle I think.”

Before the game, Arteta had defended himself, insisting that Jesus was a very adaptable player. But he did admit that it had been a hard decision to leave out Havertz following his big-money move in the summer.

“Yeah Gabi has played in a lot of different positions up front, he’s very adaptable to the game. Sometimes he’ll play centrally, sometimes he can play out on the left,” Arteta told Sky Sports.

“Let’s see how he performs today. It’s difficult for him [Havertz] to make the squad because of the amount of quality players we have, there’s always difficult decisions to make.”

Nketiah was left on for the entire 90 minutes, with Jesus being replaced by Nelson with 13 minutes remaining. But Manchester United legend Gary Neville questioned the academy graduate’s goalscoring instincts.

At a corner in the closing stages, the striker held his run at the back post, to Neville’s confusion. The pundit said: “Nketiah has to be there, why is he not at the back post? It reminds me of Ian Wright, that was his old position.

“That’s such a big chance. How does he not smell, sniff, anticipate that one? He’s got to be there, that’s his job. Look at him, he has got to be flying at that back post and he’s late.”