Bacary Sagna praises Mikel Arteta for improving "under pressure" Arsenal duo

Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna says he has been impressed with the improvement of central defensive pairing David Luiz and Sokratis under manager Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners struggled to prevent leaking goals under previous boss Unai Emery, and had only managed to keep two clean sheets in the Premier League this season before he was dismissed in November.

But since the appointment of Arteta Arsenal have kept five clean sheets in the division, and certainly look a stronger proposition at the back.

Speaking to Premier League Productions , Sagna said Arteta deserves credit for Luiz and Sokratis' upturn in form.

When asked about his ex-team's defensive woes before Arteta, Sagna said: "I believe he needs to give them some stability because they have been struggling for quite a long time now, especially at centre-back, people were not happy.

"I believe Sokratis and David Luiz are really good players. I don’t know if they have been under pressure because we kept talking about them and after committing quite a few mistakes they were on the radar.

"But since Mikel came I think they are more solid and more complimentary together. Arsenal doesn’t concede many goals either so I can tell that there is an improvement. "

Speculation is linking Luiz with a move away from the Emirates at the end of the season, but Sagna has urged him to stay and take advantage of a full campaign working under Arteta.

He continued: "I’ve seen Luiz might be going at the end of the season but it would be a great thing for me to see him playing another season, a full season, under Mikel.

"I think Mikel just needs time to settle the defence and make them stronger."

Both Luiz and Sokratis will have to be at their best on Wednesday when Arsenal resume their Premier League campaign with a tricky-looking trip to face Manchester City.

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