Arsenal legend Ian Wright impressed with Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat

Sunderland’s recent performances under Dick Advocaat seem to have impressed Arsenal great Ian Wright.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has been singing the praises of Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat in The Sun.

The 67-year-old was appointed the Black Cats boss in mid-March following the dismissal of Gus Poyet.

At the time of Advocaat's appointment, Sunderland were just a point and a place above the Premier League relegation zone, having won just one league game in 12.

With less than two weeks of the 2014-15 Premier League campaign remaining, the Black Cats find themselves three points above the bottom three.

Sunderland also have a game in hand, which means that they have a very good chance of avoiding the drop to the Championship.

Advocaat’s side are in good form as well, having defeated Everton (2-0 away) and Southampton (2-1 at home) in their last two matches following a 1-1 draw with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Former Arsenal striker Wright has been impressed with the former Rangers manager’s impact at the Stadium of Light, and has highlighted a key change he has brought in the team.

“He (Advocaat) seems to have removed the fear factor from Sunderland’s play and the Goodison victory made it ten points since he arrived — another couple and they will be safe,” the 51-year-old former England international wrote in The Sun.

Sunderland’s final three Premier League games of the season are against Leicester City (home), Arsenal (away) and Chelsea (away).

While the final two matches in London will prove to be tough to win or even draw, the Black Cats can certainly aim to pick up all three points against Leicester at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

The relegation-threatened Foxes are in good form as well, which means that the Sunderland players will have to work hard to defeat them.

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