Ian Wright pinpoints the key to Arsenal’s set piece success after key arrival in the summer

Arsenal defender David Luiz
Luiz scored a superb header off the training ground against Leicester (Picture: Getty)

Ian Wright has hailed Mikel Arteta’s decision to bring in a specialised set piece coach at Arsenal, insisting work on the training pitch is now paying off.

Arsenal fell behind early on against Leicester on Sunday but launched a superb comeback to leave 3-1 winners courtesy of goals from David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe.

Luiz’s header six minutes from half-time got the Gunners on their way with Arsenal unlocking the hosts with a superb set play, delivered by Willian and wonderfully headed home by his countryman.

Andreas Georgson was one of a number of coaching appointments made by Arteta during the summer with the Swede brought in following a successful spell a Brentford as Head of Set Pieces and Individual Development.

And Wright believes there has been huge improvement from Arsenal in that department.

David Luiz goal for Arsenal
Arsenal’s equaliser on Sunday (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s no secret Arsenal have a set piece coach,’ Wright told Premier League Productions on Sunday.

‘When you look at how that [Luiz’s goal] was worked, it was worked brilliantly, you can see that Lacazette was there to clear out the space and pin their best header of the ball which is Jonny Evans.

‘And that is the space where you see David Luiz definitely waiting for the space to be cleared. The ball has to be pinpoint and it’s fantastic.

‘That’s why you get a set piece coach, to get those things working on the training pitch.’

Victory at Leicester moves Arsenal up to 10th, just six points behind sixth place Liverpool. Arteta’s side are next in action away to Burnley next Saturday.

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