Ian Wright disappointed with Arsenal's lack of "work rate and effort" against Villa.

A Bukayo Saka own-goal and a second-half brace from Ollie Watkins downed the Gunners on Sunday.

Arsenal boss Arteta giving orders. [Getty]

Ex-England striker Ian Wright has blasted Arsenal's "poor" display against Aston Villa, saying it was "as bad a performance as I've seen".


The Gunners were beaten 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday night as an own goal from Bukayo Saka and a double from Ollie Watkins meant the north London club registered their second home defeat on the trot.


It was a brilliant showing from Dean Smith's men last night, however, Wright expressed his disappointment at the result, adding that his former side were 'a million miles away from the performance against Manchester United' last weekend.


"It's as bad a performance as I've seen from an Arsenal side," Wright said on BBC's Match of the Day 2. "When you consider only two of them were playing in midweek.


"It was poor in every department. They need to break the lines, they need space to hit the ball into, they were dithering on the ball.


"It was a million miles away from the performance against Manchester United [where they won 1-0].


"They were streets ahead of us today."


Wright added: "The effort and workrate from a team that was rested was nowhere near good enough.


"You need to impress your game upon them.


"There's a lack of a central midfielder that can create what [Arteta] needs, but you can't go into a game like that."


Premier League legend Alan Shearer hailed Villa, saying they put in a "complete team performance" on the day.



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