Ian Wright still has two Arsenal concerns despite 10-match unbeaten run for Mikel Arteta

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright has explained the two main concerns he has about his former club despite their upturn in form. Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 10 matches in all competitions. After losing the first three Premier League matches of the season, the Gunners now sit fifth in the table having won six of their next eight fixtures.

Arsenal have conceded just four goals in their unbeaten run.

Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has so far proven to be a shrewd signing by Mikel Arteta.

In fact, all six of the summer signings have impressed in their first few months as Arsenal players.

But Wright reckons the lack of European football could be a problem for Arteta.

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He says a number of players could grow frustrated at their lack of game time and not be ready to step into the starting XI if need be.

Speaking on the Kelly and Wrighty Show, Wright said: “The worry is there is no Europe, and there’s players who probably won’t play as regularly as they would want to, because there are no football matches to play them in.

“That might be a worry but as time goes by, hopefully everybody will come together and when they get their chance, like [Ainsley] Maitland-Niles, they’ll take it.”

Wright hopes club-record signing Nicolas Pepe can step up to the mark when called upon by Arteta.

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Pepe has not started any of the last three league matches.

“There are going to be players now who maybe won’t be able to play as often as maybe they would like to,” Wright continued.

“But you’d like to see someone like Pepe come in and have a little bit more devil-may-care approach because what you need is people to break lines and cause problems, so then you can break teams up instead of being so regimented in the build-up.”

Wright’s second concern about his former club is their tendency to drop off after starting matches quickly.

He reckons that could come back to haunt the Gunners at some point, with a trip to Liverpool next up after the international break.

“What else we’ve seen with Arsenal is they’re starting games very quickly,” Wright said.

“When they score in that time, yes they’re fine, but then there’s a period in the game, which we saw in the Leicester game with Aaron Ramsdale saving Arsenal, was Arsenal kind of felt like they were retreating.

“The goalkeeper kind of kept us in that game and then we moved on again. That’s the worry, how we manage the game.

“If we don’t score early, and when you’re coming up against a Liverpool or like we did against Brighton, Brighton were so good, those are the problems he has to solve now.

“With the Liverpool game coming up, it’s a perfect barometer to see exactly where they are.”

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