Arsenal legend Ian Wright has praised Gunners boss Mikel Arteta for his work in changing the attitude and mentality of some of the club’s players.
Having been on their worst run since 1992 before the sacking of Unai Emery in November, Arsenal have shown small signs of a resurgence and are unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches, a run extended to seven in all competitions.
Certain Gunners players have faced criticism more than others this season – including midfielder Granit Xhaka – who was dropped and stripped of the captain’s armband in late October following a gesture he made to the club’s fans.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, however, Wright said he has noticed a significant change in attitude and desire since Arteta took over.
He said: “There has been a change in organisation, closing down, intensity with the guys” the pundit said.
‘People like [Lucas] Torreira, Xhaka – he’s turned Xhaka right around.
“He’s got something out of [Shkodran] Mustafi – Mustafi played well against Burnley the other day.
“Things are happening, but it’s going to take its time.”
Despite the upturn in commitment, Arsenal remain on six wins out of 25 for the Premier League season, with 13 draws dragging their points total up.
In other news, Arteta is reportedly planning a major summer overhaul at the Emirates.
The Sun have claimed that Mesut Ozil, David Luiz, Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng and Alexandre Lacazette are all facing a departure from the club, as Arteta looks to rebuild his side and get the Gunners fighting for a Champions League place.