Ian Wright shares messages with Arsenal's Lacazette after criticism on Match of the Day

Sam Preston March 10, 2021
Ian Wright shares messages with Arsenal's Lacazette after criticism on Match of the Day
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Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright says there is no problem between him and Alexandre Lacazette.

Wright was part of the punditry team which highlighted Lacazette’s screaming as he went to ground against Burnley on Saturday.

But speaking on his Wrighty’s House podcast, the former Arsenal striker made it clear he was criticising the screaming – and the general trend of it in the Premier League – and not the striker himself.

He said that Lacazette has messaged him to say he’s got absolutely no problem with Wright’s stance.

“Screaming has always been a problem for me; we’re talking screaming to the extent where you think ‘oh my god – something is seriously wrong (injury-wise) with this player’,” said Wright.

“This week it just happened to be Lacazette. We go way back and I got in touch with him on Sunday morning. My biggest mistake was screaming at the end because I’ve got to realise what that feels like to the Arsenal fanbase.

“I’m digging out those who go down screaming and they play on. I spoke to the BBC and said there’s got to be consistency. If not, I’m compromised.

“The main thing was making that right with Lacazette. I needed to make sure he was okay with that – and he was. Absolutely (I spoke to Lacazette) and he said ‘that’s not a thing – it’s nothing – and I’m glad you’re okay as well’.”

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It seems like some Arsenal fans portrayed Wright as going after one of their own players – at a club where he’s a legend.

He wanted to make it clear he was just speaking out against the screaming in general across the league.

He’ll likely pick someone else up on it this week – because there’s been no shortage of examples in the top flight of late.

And despite social media attempts to spark a pile-on, he says there’s absolutely no problem between him and Lacazette.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.