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Ian Wright and Martin Keown rate Mikel Arteta’s start at Arsenal after Chelsea defeat


Arteta has failed to get a win under his belt thus far (Picture: AMA/Getty)

Ian Wright and Martin Keown have both been impressed by Mikel Arteta’s start to life as Arsenal manager, despite the Spaniard failing to notch his first win.

The Gunners were beaten 2-1 by Chelsea on Sunday, while they could only muster a draw in his first game in charge against Bournemouth.

However, while results haven’t gone Arsenal’s way, club legend Wright has noted the marked improvement in Arsenal’s play, while former centre-back Keown has been impressed with the way Arteta has been setting his troops out.

Wright gave his verdict (Picture: Getty)

‘When you look at the two games there’s definite improvement in Arsenal,’ said Wright on Match of the Day. ‘You just think what they could have done had they gone with the appointment after the Leicester game at the international break.

‘It’s one and two touch all the way and its really quick. Fantastic zip, the fans should be happy with what they’re seeing at the moment but give Chelsea credit for what they’ve done today.’

‘Very compact. Very solid. I like the shape,’ Keown added. ‘They’ve had three different managers by the way. Different ideas, different voices.

‘It’s the front players, when they go to engage I think they do that really well. Everyone is engaging really very well.

‘Chelsea with their system 3 at the back seem confused and Arsenal were really well organised hunting in packs. Everyone attuned to the system. I thought they did it really well.’

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