Arsenal news: Pundit hails 'massive' Mikel Arteta development - 'wouldn't see that under Arsene Wenger'
Noel Whelan has hailed Mikel Arteta for adding a streetwise streak to his Arsenal side after a gritty 2-1 win over West Ham on Sunday (1 May).
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed not even legendary boss Arsene Wenger could produce “ugly” victories during the last few years of his reign.
Arsenal scored two goals from set-pieces to claim a 2-1 win at the London Stadium to move back into the lead in the race for a top-four finish this term.
As per WhoScored, the Gunners have scored the fourth-most goals from set plays this season.
As quoted by club media post-match, Arteta hailed his side for “winning ugly” – something he claimed was “very necessary” despite his team’s youthfulness.
Whelan hailed the Spaniard for adding a “ruthless streak” to Arsenal as the top-four race hots up.
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“It’s a massive string to their bow,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“They haven’t had that for years. Playing ugly but still winning, that’s something you wouldn’t see even under Arsene Wenger – after the likes of Vieira and Petit left.
“They’ve always been a side who like to play pretty football and play the right way, but that doesn’t always guarantee the most success.
“Arteta needed to add this ruthless and rough streak to his team, and they look well on their way to doing that after the win over West Ham.
“He’s ticking a lot of boxes at the moment, and I’m sure he’ll be looking to add a few more players who can win ugly during the summer.”