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Arsenal legend Ian Wright is not yet convinced whether Mikel Arteta is the right man to get the current Gunners squad back playing at their best.
Arsenal have won just one of Arteta’s first seven Premier League games in charge. The latest result was a 0-0 draw at Burnley on Sunday, where the hosts easily could have taken all three points.
Wright doubts whether Arteta will be given the transfer funds required to bring in the players he wants this summer.
And he says it is going to be a “massive ask” for the Spaniard to get his current crop of stars back performing to a high standard.
“Once he’s taken over Arteta, he now realises the enormous task that he has,” Wright told Premier League Productions.
“You look at the way they started [against Burnley], it looked like ‘Yeah, something’s going to happen here’.
“They started sharp, they made the chances and then after that they just slowly went further and further into their shell.
“It’s something that he has to address because with the calibre of player we’ve got, you have to give Burnley credit for where they are, but the calibre of player we’ve got, we should be performing a lot better.
“We’ve got a lot of young players coming through now that you hope can step up to the mark but we’ve got a lot of players there at the moment that are not playing to a level where Arsenal should be and that is the job that Mikel Arteta’s got, to get them back to that level.
“Whether or not he can do that with the funds that he’s got, which isn’t much, it’s going to be a massive, massive ask.”
Fans and pundits have agreed there have been some improvements under Arteta but not yet a complete performance.
But the former Gunners skipper is hopeful that is not far away.
“I hope it doesn’t [take long to put in a 90-minute performance],” Arteta said.
“There have been different circumstances. I wouldn’t compare what happened today with what happened in the last four games, because for two of them we played with 10 men, which is not easy as well.
“We need more consistency, with the ball as well.
“We were fantastic in some moments, but were so sloppy and put ourselves in big trouble with a lot of unnecessary situations that we have to improve, because that gives the opponent an opportunity where there is a real scenario for nothing to happen.
“We need to improve that a lot.”