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Ian Wright impressed with the progress under Mikel Arteta

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright seems thoroughly impressed with Arsenal’s performance under Mikel Arteta, especially against the top teams.

Arsenal used to struggle against the big six but the Spaniard has transformed the team’s mentality in the big games since his arrival.

They have managed to beat the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool in the recent months and the progress under Arteta is evident.

It will be interesting to see if the Gunners can continue to build on this and improve further in the coming months.

They will be hoping to secure Champions League qualification and win a trophy this season.

Wright claims that the organisation, culture and intensity at Arsenal is different under Arteta and Arsenal are now heading into a different era.

“It’s a massive win for Arsenal,” Gunners great Wright told Premier League Productions. “The thing is that since Mikel has been there, there has been progress.

“He has got the players he’s got to work with and it’s changed in terms of defensively, intensity, the culture and what he’s trying to do.

“We saw as well with some of the players – Gabriel, on a booking in the first half and the way he played was brilliant, [Thomas] Partey as well. He’s slowly going to integrate the players he wants to play the system he wants to play.

“What we’ve seen is the organisation of Arsenal, something that people have spoken about when it comes to a lack of intensity and lack of drive. We aren’t seeing that anymore.Article continues below

“People can say whatever they want about the big six and the records, but under Mikel I haven’t got a problem now playing any of them because we are more organised and know what we’re doing.

“We have got a guy upfront [Aubameyang] who if he gets chances will finish them and it’s a whole different structure at Arsenal. They can talk about not beating that top six as much as they want, we are going into a different era.”

The fans will certainly be pleased with what they have seen under their new manager so far and they will be hoping for more improvement in the coming months.

Arteta has already managed to help Arsenal win a domestic competition and he should look to guide the London club to a European trophy this season.

Winning the Premier League might be beyond them just yet but they are good enough to win the Europa League.

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