Former Gunner Ian Wright has given Mikel Arteta his support and suggested that the new Arsenal boss has actually improved two of the team’s most maligned players ever since his return to the Emirates stadium in December.

Following a worrying start to the season which saw the team fail to win in nine straight games across all competitions at one point, the Gunners made the decision to sack Unai Emery towards the end of November.

After the exit of the Spaniard, there was a brief period of consideration before the club announced Mikel Arteta as the new manager as the 37-year-old left his role as Manchester City’s assistant manager.

Arteta has actually not guided the team to many wins ever since his appointment, with the 2-0 victory over Manchester United being the only occasion that his side has secured all of the three points in the Premier League.

However, former Gunner Ian Wright insists the management of the Spaniard has delivered a couple of positives at least and that includes the improvement of players like Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka.

According to Wright, Arteta has brought the best out of the duo who have not always received plaudits from the Arsenal faithful.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: “He’s turned Xhaka right around. He’s got something out of Mustafi – Mustafi played well against Burnley the other day.”

For the ex-Arsenal striker, fans have to be patient with Arteta despite four straight draws in the Premier League.

“Things are happening, but it’s going to take its time.” he added

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