Ian Wright names three Arsenal players that Mikel Arteta has improved

Mikel Arteta has made significant changes at Arsenal since he was made their permanent manager.

They have struggled to get wins that would help their cause but they have also proved too hard to beat with just one loss from Arteta’s games in charge so far.

No doubt, things have changed at the Emirates and Ian Wright believes that change extends beyond the team as a whole to individual performances by the players.

The former Gunner reckons that Arteta’s management stint has brought about improvements in at least three Arsenal players.

He claimed that Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Shkodran Mustafi have all gotten better under the management of the Spaniard.

Xhaka had fallen out with the club’s fans before Arteta came in but he has since been rejuvenated.

Torreira had also fallen out with his former boss and was on the bench for most of the matches under Unai Emery. However, he has been a mainstay under Arteta and has been hugely important to the team.

Mustafi has always been considered too poor to play for Arsenal but he is one of the first names on the team sheet nowadays.

Wright said as quoted in the Metro:

‘There has been a change in organisation, closing down, intensity with the guys,

‘People like Torreira, Xhaka, he’s turned Xhaka right around. He’s got something out of Mustafi – Mustafi played well against Burnley the other day.

‘Things are happening, but it’s going to take its time.’

Wrighty is right about those three but I also feel we have seen improvement in a couple of other players as well, while some have regressed or remained static, Lacazette and Pepe for example.


  1. Andrew Elder says:

    It might be that he is concentrating first on our perennial weakness i.e. the defence. Hence the improvement so far. As Wrighty says, it is a slow process and in my opinion the right approach, to build from the back. With a fresh and hopefully uninjured Saliva coming into the squad next season things are looking good defensively.

    1. Andrew Elder says:

      Sorry, Saliba!!!

  2. chukzenith says:

    Wright is right… Forget about the regress and support the improving… The others will surly come to their good form once again and score good goals for us…

    The names of these players always rings bell in the ears…
    But on a good day…

    So I pray they all find their good days…

    Pepe will come out good soon,
    Laca will,
    Ozil will if he stays
    The keeper Leno has always been wonderful.. He will get better…

    Thump up for all the young players Nketia, Marti, willock, Nelson, saka, and a whole lot of them… These kids are good… But your time will come…
    Do not allow fans to tell u now that you are better than the older players…
    Your time will come..

  3. Emileo says:

    It’s a phase at the moment and I wish they get to win the uefa cup and be back to UCL

    THEN Arteta can have his time fully on the team

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