The previous Arsenal boss believes the France worldwide ahead is being held again by being performed out of place at Camp Nou
Former Arsenal supervisor Arsene Wenger believes that Antoine Griezmann is unable to specific himself with Barcelona as a result of he’s overshadowed by Lionel Messi.
Griezmann joined Barca from Atletico Madrid in the summertime of 2019, having established himself as one of many world’s finest forwards whereas successful the World Cup with France.
After firing a minimum of 20 objectives in every of the final six seasons, Griezmann scored simply 15 occasions in 48 video games in his first season for Barca, a disappointing haul given the €120m (£107m/$134m) payment required to carry him to the membership.
The ahead has but to attain in 4 appearances for Barca this season, all in La Liga, however Wenger says that he believes Griezmann nonetheless has his star high quality.
Nonetheless, having largely been performed out of place since becoming a member of Barca, Griezmann is unable to shine, Wenger says, as he’s compelled to defer to Messi.
“Not taking part in at his place is difficult in the long run,” Wenger advised beIN Sports activities. “Firstly, the man accepts it however, if he doesn’t meet his wants in the long run and he feels that the place doesn’t permit him to specific his qualities, he’ll develop into discouraged.
“In the present day, he’s a participant who should play within the centre as a result of he has an ideal work fee, a precision in his passes. He may be harmful with the final cross and by scoring objectives, however there’s congestion as a result of he’s within the vary of play of Messi.”
The Frenchman just lately praised his nationwide crew boss, Didier Deschamps, for taking part in him in the best place throughout a hard-fought win over Croatia in a World Cup closing rematch.
Griezmann remained on the bench in Tuesday’s victory over Ferencvaros, with supervisor Ronald Koeman turning to Messi, Ansu Fati, Philippe Coutinho and Francisco Trincao in assault.
Sergio Busquets, Pedri, Ronald Araujo, Ousmane Dembele and Junior Firpo, in the meantime, had been introduced off the bench as Koeman used all 5 of his substitutes with out turning to the previous Atletico Madrid man.
After that match, Koeman burdened endurance whereas including that Griezmann may very well be concerned Saturday when Barca tackle rivals Actual Madrid in El Clasico.