Ian Wright has insisted that Arsene Wenger 'should have had a stronger stance’ on Alex Iwobi by leaving him out of Wednesday's English League Cup semi-final clash against Chelsea.
He was again on parade for the full 90 minutes as the Emirates Stadium outfit held Antonio Conte’s men to a 0-0 stalement at the Stamford Bridge.
And Wright has expressed his displeasure with the way the Gunners boss handled the 21-year-old's situation.
“For a youngster to do that says to me that there is something wrong in the dressing room," Wright told SkySports.
"You can't have a youngster feeling like he can do that and still play. Arsene Wenger should have had a stronger stance on this one.
"People laugh at Arsenal and see them as a bit of a joke at the moment. Players don't want to be there, and it feels like everything is losing control at Arsenal.”
Meanwhile, Wenger has backed his decision to play the 21-year-old, saying: "It's one thing to punish somebody individually and a second thing to punish everybody.
"If I think he can help the team to win it's nothing to do with the fact he can be punished separately and individually."
After playing 0-0 draw on Wednesday, Chelsea will visit Arsenal for the second leg of the semi-final fixture on January 24 as they both battle for a place in the final of the English League Cup.