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Dec 13, 2012

Ian Wright hits out at Arsenal board

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has claimed the club's supporters "have a right to know what is going on at the club" after their Capital One Cup humiliation at Bradford.

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Wright hit out at Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal hierarchy in an explosive interview with ESPN a couple of months ago and many of the criticisms he offered at the time are coming back to haunt the manager and his struggling team.

Now Wright, who scored 128 goals for Arsenal during his stunning career at the club, has hinted that assistant boss Steve Bould could be used as a scapegoat to protect Wenger as he aims to cling onto power at the Emirates Stadium.

"I just feel that Bould could be a scapegoat in all of this," Wright said on Absolute Radio. "The defence have been as poor as they've been in the last five, six years I've been watching them.

"I wouldn't like to see Bouldy go, I'd like to see him bring people in that he's going to listen to. I personally don't feel that Steve Bould is getting his hands on the steering wheel in respect of the training as much as people think.

"We've come from a manager that was defensive from the front to back and it doesn't look to me like they are doing any defensive work at all. All of a sudden if there's a massive change, I think that's an embarrassment to Arsene Wenger.

"There's a lot of things happening at Arsenal that I think that people have got the right to know what's going on."

Wright went on to label the loss at Bradford as "the most humiliating" Wenger has suffered during his time as Arsenal boss and he pulled few punches when questioned on the direction the club is moving in.

"I think the manager finally realised that he has to put out a team that's strong enough to try and win this competition," he said. "There's no way I'm going to sit here and say I didn't expect us to beat Bradford, but the team that we can put out, the team that we did put out, with the right attitude, are supposed to beat Bradford."

Meanwhile, Wright went on to urge the club's board to hand winger Theo Walcott a new contract, with Manchester United said to be among the club's ready to pounce for the England star.

"It would be a major loss if Theo left," he said. "I feel that if Theo was playing at Bradford, whatever people want to say about him, he would have done something in the game.

"But if Manchester United are genuinely in for Theo, which I think has been suggested for £8m, then that's it, he's gone. For me, if he's got the opportunity to go somewhere like Manchester United with Robin van Persie, why would you stay?"

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