Mikel Arteta has already improved Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Shkodran Mustafi, claims Arsenal legend Ian Wright

Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka has benefited from the arrival of Arteta (Picture: Getty Images)

Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Shkodran Mustafi have been picked out as early beneficiaries of the Mikel Arteta regime by Arsenal legend Ian Wright.

The Gunners have proved difficult to beat under Arteta thus far, but have also struggled to churn out victories, drawing five of the seven games the Spaniard has taken charge of.

Arsenal sit 10th in the Premier League after this string of stalemates and closer to the relegation zone than the top four in terms of points, but Wright insists improvement have been made.

The former Gunners striker has picked out Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi as three players Arteta is getting a tune out of, something that his predecessor, Unai Emery, failed to do.

‘There has been a change in organisation, closing down, intensity with the guys,’ Wright told BBC 5 Live.

‘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.’

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Arteta is slowly getting his ideas across at Arsenal (Picture: REX)

Arsenal’s defence has come in for criticism all season, while they have also been hindered by injuries to the likes of Kieran Tierney, Sead Kolasinac, Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin, who is now back fit.

Wright believes Arteta is solving these problems and that new arrivals Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares will further improve the situation, while he is also looking forward to the return to fitness of Tierney.

‘Unfortunately our defence was poor leading up to this and the defence is getting a little bit more solid, a couple of clean sheets, now we just need to convert the chances,’ continued Wright.

‘I don’t think he’s totally happy with the defence, Pablo Mari has just come in, he might make a difference. Saliba is going to come back from loan next season, you’re hoping that them two can make a difference.

‘Tierney will be a major plus for us. Soares is a fantastic signing as back-up to Hector.’

Arsenal are currently enjoying their winter break, during which Arteta will try and impose more of his ideas and philosophies on the squad.

They do not return to action until Sunday 16 February at home to Newcastle in the Premier League.

Arteta admits that he is not surprised by his side’s lowly league position at this stage of the season, knowing that their failure to convert draws into wins has cost them.

‘We’ve drawn 13 games, and when you do that, that means you’re not winning enough football games,’ said the boss.

‘The league is really tight, so I’m not surprised.’

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