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Wilshere names the key difference between Arteta and Wenger that is bringing Arsenal success

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has pointed out the key difference between the methods of Mikel Arteta and Arsene Wenger that is bringing success to the Gunners.

The Gunners have been brilliant in the Premier League this season, winning 11 of their 13 games with Mikel Arteta’s side sitting top of the table.

William Saliba, who returned from a season-long loan spell at Marseille, has beefed up the defence, while summer signings Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko have added more quality to the squad.

Arsenal have also benefited from continued improvements from Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard, with the trio helping them out. to a 1–0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge which saw the Gunners reclaim top spot from defending champions Manchester City.

And Wilshere believes training is at a “higher” level now with Arteta than when Wenger was still at Arsenal.

Wilshere said in talkSPORT: “When the club is doing well and winning, the mood can depend a lot on the results, but it feels deeper than that at Arsenal right now.

“When Mikel first came in, he talked a lot about the process and you are seeing it now. He has created a culture where everything is about winning and performing and he puts importance on training and the levels have gone up.

“I had never seen the first team train at the level they are now. Even when he was there and below Arsene, he is taller now.

“The demands are greater and the results of that are beginning to be seen.

“It’s a very complicated style of play and it was always going to take a bit of time for these players to understand it, but the club is in a great place and I think the fans are seeing it, which is the most important thing.

“Mikel talks a lot about the fans and how great they are and again the atmosphere is the best I’ve ever seen.”

The former Arsenal midfielder is the current head coach of the Premier League under-18 club and sees first-hand how Arteta trains his players.

Wilshere added: “I am very lucky because I have a relationship with Mikel and I watch the first team train all the time.

“In fact, he is someone who inspired me to be a coach when I went back there last year. I always thought about training, but I saw the way he trains and the level of detail he goes into and he’s the best.

“For me, learning from him and watching him and getting ideas and running things for him is really good.”

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