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Wright wishes Arsenal had appointed Arteta earlier after seeing ‘definite improvement’

Ian Wright believes Arsenal should have appointed Mikel Arteta as their new head coach earlier after seeing ‘definite improvement’ during the Spaniard’s first two games in charge.

The former club captain was appointed as Unai Emery’s successor earlier this month and took charge of his first two games against Bournemouth and Chelsea respectively, drawing with the South Coast club before suffering a late 2-1 defeat against their London rivals on Sunday.

Despite the disappointing results, former striker Wright reckons Arsenal have shown plenty of improvement in their performances since Arteta’s arrival, with the club dominating proceedings at the Emirates for much of Sunday’s contest before Chelsea staged a late fightback to seal the three points.

Wright believes the 37-year-old has had a positive impact since his arrival, and wonders what progress could have been made if the club’s hierarchy had opted for a change earlier following a disappointing start to the season.

“When you look at the two games there’s definite improvement in Arsenal,” Wright said 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.”

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