Arsenal legend Wright contacted Lacazette after mocking him on MOTD

Arsenal legend Ian Wright reveals he has contacted Alexandre Lacazette to clear the air after making a ‘f***ing stupid’ mistake by mocking his scream against Burnley on Match of the Day

  • Gary Lineker, Dion Dublin and Ian Wright all poked fun at Alexandre Lacazette
  • The Match of the Day trio mocked the striker’s exaggerated scream at Burnley
  • Arsenal legend Wright has since contacted Lacazette to clear the air with him
  • The former Gunners striker insists he was not ‘digging out’ the France forward 

Ian Wright has revealed he got in touch with Alexandre Lacazette to explain why he mocked his scream against Burnley on Match of the Day.

Along with presenter Gary Lineker and fellow pundit Dion Dublin, Wright poked fun at the Arsenal striker by screaming and holding his legs hours after Lacazette was heard shrieking loudly following a challenge at Turf Moor.

But despite insisting that screaming is not ‘necessary from anyone’, Wright says he felt the need to contact the Frenchman because of their relationship and his close links with the Gunners. 

Gary Lineker, Dion Dublin and Ian Wright (left to right) poked fun at Alexandre Lacazette on Match of the Day after he went down screaming against Burnley

Lacazette writhed around on the floor after an Erik Pieters tackle in their draw at Burnley

‘The main thing here is that I got that wrong,’ said the former England striker on his Wrighty’s House Podcast.

‘It’s only the screaming at the end. The fact is that screaming has always been a problem for me with the guys.

‘Now we can hear it and we’re talking about massive screams to the point where you’re thinking, “Oh my God, something’s wrong with this player!”

‘This week it just happened to be Lacazette and, like I say, I got that wrong but what I did, when you see all the s*** that comes back… and in hindsight, of course the s*** is going to come back, especially with the fact it was an Arsenal player and it’s me.

‘And me and Laca go back and we’ve got correspondence.’

Lacazette was heard screaming on BT Sport’s live coverage after a challenge from Erik Pieters sent him tumbling to the turf in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Burnley.

The screams from the 29-year-old were audible even for those watching at home on TV

But despite Lacazette clearly exaggerating the pain and quickly continuing for the rest of the second half, Wright was quick to clear the air with the Gunners star.

‘I got in touch with him on Sunday morning so we could clear it up,’ Wright added.

‘The way it was portrayed on social media, the way it was and it was Laca in that particular incident, it seemed it was digging out Laca. But we were digging out the screaming.

‘My biggest mistake was the screaming at the end. F****** stupid and at the end of the day, it’s not a problem for Gary Lineker or Dion Dublin.

No serious injury was caused and substitute Lacazette was able to complete the second half

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker tweeted this after poking fun at Lacazette’s scream

‘But at the same time I have to accept and realise what that means to the Arsenal fanbase and what that means to me for them to feel like one of their own is supposedly digging them out.

‘I can only say I was digging out the screaming. We’re talking about people that are screaming, they get up and then they play on.

‘If he stayed down or if a player stays down, let’s talk about Raul Jimenez. As we speak, we don’t even know if he’s going to play again so I don’t want to make it too much of a massive thing but the screaming, for me, from anyone is not necessary.’

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