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Ian Wright picks out the three Arsenal players who have turned Mikel Arteta’s season around

Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe in an Arsenal training session

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright has revealed that Bukayo Saka, Kieran Tierney and Emile Smith Rowe have completely changed the season for Mikel Arteta.

Gunners faced the worst Premier League start in the club’s history, sitting in 15th place near the relegation zone, while Arteta was under huge pressure due to the team’s poor form.

However, the last three victories have changed the situation, with the club now in 11th position in the league table.

Arsenal trio was included in yesterday’s 4-0 win over West Brom, while speaking about them, Wright said on Match of the Day:

“The team was playing with a lack of confidence, they really were.

“There were too many sideways passes and I think with [Bukayo] Saka, [Kieran] Tierney and with Emile Smith Rowe, the way that they want to get forward and create, it has totally changed. Wins are going to help you gain confidence.

“Saka, today, again, had a magnificent game.

“I think what is good about what Arsenal have done, is that they had Saka and Tierney, who were Arsenal’s most creative players, both on the same side. Now they’ve switched them up and it seems a bit more balanced.”

Then he added:“Look at Emile Smith Rowe in that nice No.10 area. Passing, moving and then they’re in.

“He passes it to [Alexandre] Lacazette, gets the ball back, plays it across for Saka and it’s in. That is old Arsenal and what they can do. It is great to see them doing it.

“What Arsenal need from midfield is more goals and you can see Smith Rowe on the edge of the box getting ready to come in. He was so unlucky to hit the post.”

Source: Football London

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