Arsenal manager Unai Emery has singled out the two most improved members of the squad during his debut campaign.
Emery replaced the iconic Arsene Wenger in the Arsenal dugout last summer and has since undergone a respectable first campaign in charge at the Emirates Stadium.
The Spaniard has won 29 of his 46 games in charge of Arsenal and took a major step forward in returning the club to a top-four finish in the Premier League following Monday’s 2-0 win against Newcastle.
As things stand, Arsenal are fourth in the standings and a point behind third-place Tottenham albeit with a game in hand.
And now Emery has named summer arrivals Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi as the most improved players in his squad.
Both midfielders have become key members at Arsenal in light of an impressive first season of English football.
“We are 25 players, and can only play 11, 18 in the squad, it’s very difficult to give everyone an opportunity to improve,” Emery told Copa 90 on who is his most improved player.
“There are some players maybe you can see this year this improvement – Lucas Torreira, Matteo (Guendouzi).
“The first time in the Premier League, in this difficult competition, and they are improving I think well.
“Maybe also sometimes the experienced players help them to do better, with their adaptation to the Premier [League].
“For me also I think it’s these two players.”
However, the Spanish coach acknowledged his strike duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
The pair have often started up front together and they’ve managed a combined total of 37 goals and 18 assists for Arsenal this season.
“Also, Aubameyang is scoring goals as we want,” said Emery.
“Lacazette also is doing more of a role, and I think now Mesut (Ozil) is working very well.
“Maybe [Sead] Kolasinac, he is improving. [Alex] Iwobi, Bernd Leno also is taking little by little more confidence and is stronger in the goal.”
Arsenal will return to action on Sunday for a trip to Goodison Park, where 10th-place side Everton will be awaiting them in a Premier League encounter.