By beating Brighton, Ian Wright was pleased to see his former club Arsenal mark back-to-back wins and praised three stars for their return to form.

Mikel Arteta’s side had failed to win in their past seven Premier League matches before their Boxing Day win over Chelsea and was slipping closer and closer to the relegation zone.

After six points in two games, however, they are now just six points behind the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, both of whom have previously been hailed as title challengers, the latest won by Alexandre Lacazette’s cool strike in a 1-0 win against Brighton.

In the past two games, Arteta has placed his confidence in young people and Wright claims that their shift in fortunes has played a huge role.

And he thinks that Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, and Gabriel Martinelli have turned the club around. ‘A youthful exuberance,’ Wright told Match of the Day. ‘Arsenal fans heard of these guys—Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe, Saka—we saw what he did.

It wasn’t quite working in the first half, but the courage they had, they kept trying to get into gaps, they kept trying to stretch Brighton. It went a lot better in the second half. Smith Rowe, his touch, his fitness, his energy. They’ve got you stretched.

Today, Saka was amazing when you looked at him… he practically kept the club up on his own with imagination for a little while.”


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