Ian Wright aims dig at Arsenal flop after Nottingham Forest victory | Football

Ian Wright was critical of Matt Turner’s performance in Arsenal’s win over Nottingham Forest (Picture: PLP

Ian Wright insists Arsenal missed a trick and went too easy on their former goalkeeper Matt Turner in last night’s win over Nottingham Forest.

The USA international endured an evening to forget against the club which let him go in the summer after just one solitary season at the Emirates.

Turner was largely untroubled during the opening 65 minutes as the Gunners failed to turn the overwhelming share of possession into goalscoring opportunities.

Arsenal eventually made the breakthrough shortly before the midway period in the second half when Forest’s defence switched off from a throw in.

When the ball reached Gabriel Jesus, however, there appeared no way in which he would be able to beat Turner from the narrowest of angles, but somehow managed to squeeze a shot between his former teammate’s legs.

Wright was highly critical of Turner’s technique but was also frustrated that it took so long for Arsenal’s forwards to expose a player who has made a number of high-profile errors already this season.

The Arsenal legend told Premier League Productions: ‘He should not be scoring from that angle from the goalkeeper’s point of view. He’s be very disappointed with that.

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‘He’s got to go down such a long way for your knee to stop it. Jesus is so close, he’s hitting that with power. You’ve got to react with your feet.

‘I said at the start he’s somebody that I believe we didn’t have enough shots against. The players know him and know what he’s about.

‘We should’ve put him under pressure and the one time we did he let the goal in.’

Matt Turner was at fault for Gabriel Jesus' opening goal against Nottingham Forest

Matt Turner was at fault for Gabriel Jesus’ opening goal against Nottingham Forest (Picture: Getty)

Wright’s critique of Turner’s error was echoed by former Premier League goalkeeper Shay Given who insisted the Forest No.1 should have used his foot to stop Jesus’ innocuous looking effort.

He said: ‘It’s so poor, Espirito Santo will be thinking what are we doing? I don’t think the goalkeeper Turner does himself any favours you should never score from this.

‘This is just so simple it’s one throw and five or six Forest players doing nothing. I know it’s a very tight angle and I don’t think the keeper should be beaten from there.

‘If you pause it right there, there’s no way he should score from there I don’t think.

‘Think how many saves David de Gea used to make wit his legs. He tries to close his knee down and it’s past him.

‘He’s tried to go with his knee and he’s put it into his own net. If he goes with his left foot and opens it up he just kicks it away.’


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