Arsenal finishing ‘anywhere near the top six’ would keep Ian Wright happy, for now

Mikel Arteta’s side is making progress up the Premier League table (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal legend Ian Wright remains hopeful the Gunners can finish in the top six of the Premier League, as Mikel Arteta turns their woeful start to the season around.

In fact, Wright feels that ‘anywhere near the top six’ would be enough to keep him happy this season, as long as his former side continue to create chances as they have been in recent games.

Arteta had been seriously struggling for results until a notable turnaround since Christmas, which has seen the Gunners record three straight victories, against Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom.

They have climbed to 11th in the table and could find themselves in the top half if they beat Crystal Palace in their next outing.

Arsenal are not just six points off sixth place, with half the season to go, but Wright remains realistic and feels a challenge for the top six would be acceptable.

‘If Arsenal got anywhere near the top six and they start to create and do what we’re seeing now in the last few games, I’d be happy with that, for now,’ he told the Kelly and Wrighty Show.

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Ian Wright is optimistic but realistic (Picture: Getty Images,)

Before the three wins on the bounce, the GUnners had gone seven Premier League matches without victory and things were looking very precarious for Arteta.

However, Wrighty believes nine points from nine has made a gigantic difference, and with the next three games against Newcastle, in the FA Cup, then Palace and Newcastle again in the league, the Gunners will be confident of more wins.

‘I think that the confidence that will be going through the guys now, they’ll be looking forward to those games,’ he said. ‘Whereas a couple of weeks ago, before the three wins, they would be games where you’d be thinking, “oh my gosh, this could be quite intense for Arsenal.”

‘Before the Chelsea game they had a run of games where you couldn’t see Arsenal winning, with the form that they were in. But in the Premier League, three wins changes everything.

‘It changes the confidence, you’ve got players who can’t wait to play and Arsenal look like a different proposition to teams now.

‘The two [Premier League] games coming up now, Arsenal will feel like they can win those games.’

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