Arsenal legend Ian Wright has explained how the signing of Houssem Aouar would make his former side even better. Arsenal beat Manchester United 1-0 on Sunday to pick up their first win away at a big-six club since January 2015. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half penalty was enough for Mikel Arteta’s side to take all three points.
The midfield duo of Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny earned big praise for their performances.
But Wright believes bringing in a player like Aouar could help take the Gunners to the next level.
Arsenal wanted to sign Lyon midfielder Aouar in the summer transfer window and saw at least one bid rebuffed by the Ligue 1 club.
Wright says the 22-year-old’s creativity could add another dimension to Arsenal.
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“It is [important] because it’s something that’s continually labelled towards Arsenal, that they can’t beat the big-six teams,” Wright told Premier League Productions.
“I think that was something that was a little while back now, not since [Arteta’s] been there.
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“I think the mentality has changed, the culture in what he’s doing has changed, the intensity and the way he wants to play.
“It’s all changed, it’s a new Arsenal in what they’re trying to do going forward.
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“If he can continue to improve, like players improve with his coaching, and then he’s then able to add to that with Aouar, who they’re trying to get in the midfield alongside Partey, then you’ve got someone who can create for the forwards.
“So it’s all looking good and winning games like this will only stand you in good stead and give confidence to the team.”
The win on Sunday was also Arsenal’s first at Old Trafford in the league since 2006.
But Arteta refused to bring that up with the players ahead of kick off.
“I didn’t want to tell the players that we hadn’t won here in 14 years, I kept it quiet,” Arteta told Sky Sports.
“I just tried to generate belief and I asked them to be who we are as a team right now.
“I think the team you saw tonight is where we are starting to be and I’m proud.
“The way we approached the game, the personality that we showed to play against this team at Old Trafford and obviously delighted with the win.”
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