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Three most improved Arsenal players since Mikel Arteta's appointment

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There is a lot of positivity around Arsenal at the moment despite no drastic change in results. Mikel Arteta took charge of his first game about five weeks ago and we have managed just one win in the league since.

However, there is a lot to be happy about in terms of performances and the change in our style. The old Arsenal looks to be back playing courageous, attacking football which has helped improve a number of our players.

Here are the three most improved Arsenal players under Arteta:

Shkodran Mustafi:

Who would’ve thought that the German had any future at Arsenal about two months ago? Mustafi was the subject of constant criticism and ridicule but he has slowly turned into one of Arsenal’s best players in recent weeks.

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The World Cup winner has played six times under our new boss and we are unbeaten in those games. Mustafi has barely put a foot wrong so far apart from that big mistake against Chelsea and he deserves a lot of praise for his performances.

Granit Xhaka:

Another one whose future was a massive doubt when Arteta was appointed. Xhaka, like Mustafi, was on the bad side of most Arsenal fans’ mind but the way our new manager has dealt with the situation is simply outstanding.

The Swiss international is arguably Arsenal’s most important player at the moment. His forced move to left-back against Burnley showed exactly what we miss as a team without him in midfield and we need him more than ever from now till the end of the season.

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Bukayo Saka:

Not many would have expected the teenager to feature as much as he as for Arsenal this season. Unai Emery deserves a lot of credit for giving him a chance with the first team but he has gone from strength to strength since his debut.

Under Arteta, Saka has mainly featured in an unnatural left-back position. However, that hasn’t stopped him from impressing every time he is on the pitch and he has deservedly earned the promotion from the youth side to the first team.

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Arteta still has a long way to go to get his team to play in the way he wants them to. However, the early signs are truly positive and the improvement in some players is evident for everyone to see.

The two-week break is brilliant for the squad. Arteta can implement more ideas into the squad that he has been unable to due to the busy schedule so far. What will be worked on in the camp in Dubai will be hugely important for the rest of this season and the Arsenal boss will hope to get it right.

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