Mikel Arteta Completes Two-Year Arsenal Premier League Mission As Liverpool Take Backwards Step
Mikel Arteta has created something special at Arsenal.
“On the day we play at our best we have a chance,” the Gunners boss said when asked if he believes his team can beat anyone.
Arteta was understandably in a jovial mode after watching his Arsenal side beat an experienced and successful Liverpool team 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Two goals from Bukayo Saka and a single Gabriel Martinelli strike was enough to secure all three points for the Gunners.
It is a result which leaves Arsenal top of the Premier League table after nine games played. The Gunners have come a long way since Arteta took over from Unai Emery in December 2019.
The Spaniard has built a strong team with experienced players like Granit Xhaka, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko complementing younger stars such as Saka, Martinelli and William Saliba.
Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Liverpool on Sunday would have delighted Arteta, especially when taking into consideration his comments after the Gunners’ 2-1 victory against the Reds in July 2020.
You only need to look at the difference between the two teams today and the gap is enormous.
The gap in many areas we cannot improve it in two months, but the gap between the accountability, the energy, the commitment and the fight of the two teams, now is equal.
“And before it wasn’t like this and I’m very proud of that. The rest will take some time but at least that we have got it now and my message to the players is with that we can create something.”
With Arsenal top of the table and Liverpool sitting in tenth following a poor start to the season, on current evidence it’s fair to say the gap between the two sides is no longer “Enormous”.
Of course, Klopp’s side will most likely return to form and challenge for a Champions League place, although the German has already ruled his side out of the title race.
With a 14-point gap between the Gunners and the Reds, Arteta’s side are now looking down on Klopp’s jaded Liverpool rather than up at them.
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