The loan signing from Manchester City struggled to live with Gunners ace Theo Walcott.
But Downed reasoned: "Wayne's got a bit of reservitis. He'd have been better off playing football at Aldershot than for City's reserves.
"He came in on Thursday and ran with the fitness guys - but it's not the same as playing a league game and chasing after the Arsenal all day."
Asked how Bridge pulled up afterwards, Downes replied: "He's f***ed."