“Arsenal’s defence still bothers me (is Gabriel the right standard?) but it is evident they are moving in the right direction,” Richards said.
“They are a long way from the peaks that Wenger brought but the picture is improving.”
And he said Arsenal were no longer a joke under Arteta, saying: “Most importantly, nobody is laughing at them any more.”
Gabriel played in Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday, and was praised by Gunners legend Ian Wright after the game, having put in a disciplined display.
Arsenal have in fact not conceded more than one goal in a game when the Brazilian has been playing.
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