Ian Wright ‘felt sorry’ for Arsenal new boy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during Saturday’s defeat to Tottenham at Wembley.
Gabon forward Aubameyang enjoyed a dream start to his career at the Emirates, scoring on his debut in the 5-1 thrashing over Everton at the start of the month.
But he was less effective last weekend as Harry Kane scored a second-half header to clinch a narrow but well-deserved victory in front of a record crowd for a Premier League fixture.
The former Borussia Dortmund man was wrongly flagged for offside in the first-half as he attempted to latch onto a through ball from Jack Wilshere and failed to make an impact as the Gunners tried in vain to score an equaliser.
In a column for The Sun, former Arsenal and England striker Wright said: ‘Gooners got excited – understandably so – with the arrivals of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, coupled with the 5-1 hammering of Everton.
‘But the Spurs game highlighted the same old weaknesses. Jack Wilshere tried hard but a midfield of Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka was not helping the defence whatsoever.
‘I felt sorry for Aubameyang as he did not get any service and when he was clean through, was wrongly flagged for offside.
‘One goal separated the sides and Arsenal wasted some chances at the end but we all know the scoreline should have been very different and Harry Kane could have got a hat-trick.
‘I just don’t see Arsenal improving.’
Wenger now turns his attention back to the Europa League, with his side travelling to Sweden on Thursday evening to face Ostersunds.
Wright believes his former club will progress to the last-16 stage but doubts whether they can secure qualification for next season’s Champions League by winning the tournament.
He added: ‘They visit Sweden on Thursday to take on Ostersunds in the last 32 of the Europa League and I am sure they will get through, even though this game will be tricky as it will be played on an artificial pitch in sub-zero temperatures.
‘A good run would really help Wenger and, as I said, it would give everyone at the club a real lift.
‘But if this team can struggle at Swansea, you have to wonder what would happen if they took on Napoli, Dortmund, Milan or Atletico Madrid in Europe.
‘The Arsenal fanbase is restless again and I understand why. I am hearing some say, ‘I don’t care any more, I am waiting for a change’ and that is a shame.’