Ian Wright has name-checked someone like Per Mertesacker, who “really, really excelled” under Mikel Arteta’s Premier League champions Arsenal.
The Highbury legend praised the “young management team” who have played a role in Arsenal’s rebuilding, promotion and turnaround during Arteta’s time at the club.
From sporting director Edu Gaspar to current Arsenal academy manager Per Mertesacker, they have all played their part in some way.
While they secured FA Cup glory in Arteta’s first season at the club, the trophy they covet most is the Premier League title.
The main goal at the start of the season was a return to the Champions League, leaving them well ahead of schedule with an eight-point lead at the top.
But that won’t stop fans from believing the unthinkable can happen in May, when Wright shows up backstage, as he told The Kelly and Wrighty Show on Premier League Productions (1/16/23 at 2:20 p.m.). ).
“With Edu, you also have to mention Vinai (Venkatesham), even Per Mertesacker and the manager,” Wright said.
“As a young team. A young management team. They really, really excelled in the way they flipped it and took it to a point where they didn’t just involve the fans. But the club is one and together at the moment. It feels like everyone is together.
“But the players believe they can make a difference.”
TRUST THE PROCESS
They were words repeated at the club throughout Arteta’s reign. Sometimes, especially at the start, he was mocked.
But as Arsenal scaled and broke down those barriers, they are now thriving and fans really trust the process.
As things stand, they deserve to win the Premier League title. These next four weeks could be crucial as they play against both Manchester clubs that are just behind them.
If they win those games, there’s every chance they’ll be 11 points clear at the top of the table.
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