Ian Wright believes Mikel Arteta is the right man to manage Arsenal despite their dismal season so far.
Speaking on the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 programme, Gunners legend Wright said he felt Arteta’s side were “lacking a little bit of confidence” but that they showed signs of improvement in their 2-0 defeat at Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday.
Wright added: “They’ve got to keep going in respect of confidence because I think the manager’s the right guy, but they’ve got to find something from somewhere.”
Wright’s endorsement came after victorious Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho insisted Arsenal and Arteta did not deserve criticism.
First-half goals from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane gave the home side the points and took them back to the top of the Premier League.
It also piled the pressure on Gunners boss Arteta, whose side are 15th in the table.
However, speaking at his post-match press conference, Mourinho said: “For me the performance was very, very good against a team that probably is going to be criticised because the points and the position in the table are not good.
“But I have to say: very good team, very good coach. A team with different ways to play that is able to change during the game. So it was a very complex game for us.”