November 12, 2020

Griezmann can’t express himself at Barcelona because of Messi, claims Wenger.

Griezmann can't express himself at Barcelona because of Messi, claims Wenger.

The previous Arsenal manager thinks the France international ahead is being kept back by being played out of placement at Camp Nou.


Former Arsenal supervisor Arsene Wenger thinks that Antoine Griezmann is unable to share himself with Barcelona due to the fact that he is overshadowed by Lionel Messi.

Griezmann joined Barca from Atletico Madrid in the summertime of 2019, having developed himself as one of the world’s finest forwards while winning the World Cup with France.

After firing a minimum of 20 goals in each of the last six periods, Griezmann scored just 15 times in 48 matches in his initial season for Barca, a frustrating haul provided the EUR120m (₤ 107m/$ 134m) charge needed to bring him to the club.

The forward has yet to score in four looks for Barca this season, done in La Liga, however Wenger claims that he believes Griezmann still has his star quality.

Nevertheless, having actually largely been played out of position given that joining Barca, Griezmann is not able to shine, Wenger claims, as he is forced to accept Messi.

” Not playing at his placement is complicated in the long term,” Wenger told beIN Sports. “At the start, the person accepts it but, if he does not fulfill his requirements in the long-term and also he really feels that the placement does not permit him to share his top qualities, he will certainly end up being discouraged.

” Today, he is a player who should play in the centre because he has a magnum opus rate, an accuracy in his passes. He can be hazardous with the last pass and by scoring goals, however there is blockage due to the fact that he is in the variety of play of Messi.”

The Frenchman just recently praised his national group boss, Didier Deschamps, for playing him in the right placement throughout a hard-fought gain Croatia in a World Cup last rematch.

Griezmann continued to be on the bench in Tuesday’s triumph over Ferencvaros, with manager Ronald Koeman counting on Messi, Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho and also Francisco Trincao in attack.

Sergio Busquets, Pedri, Ronald Araujo, Ousmane Dembele and Junior Firpo, at the same time, were brought off the bench as Koeman made use of all five of his substitutes without turning to the previous Atletico Madrid man.