Ian Wright has claimed the emergence of Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith-Rowe and most importantly, Bukayo Saka, have turned Arsenal ’s season around.
With pressure and scrutiny growing around Mikel Arteta, the Spaniard opted to put his trust in youth for the Boxing Day clash with Chelsea.
And after beating their London rivals 3-1, the Gunners made it back-to-back wins, with a narrow 1-0 victory over Brighton at the AMEX.
Arsenal struggled for fluidity in the first-half against the Seagulls, but earned all three points with a second-half Alexandre Lacazette strike.
But Wright has claimed it is the three youngsters that have changed the mood at the Emirates.
“Exuberance of youth,” Wright told Match of the Day. “The Arsenal fans have known about these guys… Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe, Saka – we've seen what he’s done.
“First half it wasn’t quite working but the bravery they showed, they continued to try and get into spaces, they continued to try and stretch Brighton.
“Second half it worked a lot better. Smith Rowe, his touch, his energy, the fitness. You’ve got them stretched.
“Saka was fantastic today when you looked at… he’s literally held the club up on his own for a little while with the creativity.
“People are talking about forwards not scoring, they weren’t getting the opportunities to score.
“Lacazette has come on for 29 seconds, look at the accuracy, the preciseness. That’s what can happen when you give the players the opportunities.
“Those three boys, those three youngsters have literally turned it around for the last two games for us.”
Saka has arguably been the most impressive youngster in the Premier League this season, but Arteta is refusing to get carried away with the England international.
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He said: “I would like everybody to be cautious and let him be and let him develop. I think he’s having the right progression. I think he’s got the right people around him in his house in his entourage.
“And then he’s got the right teammates as well to support him all the time, give him confidence, keep his feet on the floor, but as well to give him support and confidence.
“And then hopefully we can be the right coaches around him, be the right club to see the player that he can be in the future.”
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