Mikel Arteta responds to Arsene Wenger naming Arsenal as Manchester City’s biggest title rival | american football

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta

Arteta’s side is at the top of the Premier League after eight games (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta hopes Arsene Wenger ‘is right’ after the Arsenal legend named the Gunners as Manchester City’s closest rivals for the Premier League title this season.

Arsenal have had a superb start to the season by leading the Premier League, having won seven of their eight games this season, the only narrow being a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Defending champions City are one point behind them, having dropped four points in a draw against Newcastle United and Aston Villa.

After watching Pep Guardiola United’s side dismantle in Sunday’s Manchester derby, Wenger named Arsenal’s closest rivals to City, supporting his former side to face a serious challenge this season.

Asked whether he believes Arsenal should be seen as challengers to the Premier League title, Wenger told beIN Sports: “Yes, personally I would put them just behind City.

‘[Arsenal are] second best team to have a good chance of winning the Premier League as Man City will have a strong focus on the Champions League at some point.”

Asked if he felt this is Arsenal’s best chance of becoming a challenger, Wenger said: “I think so.”

Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger

Wenger was full of praise for Arsenal midweek (beINsports)

Arsenal face another test of their title records as they face Liverpool at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

Arteta said on Friday that his side must continue to live up to such lofty predictions on the pitch.

“Obviously it’s great that people love the club so much and love the club very well, have such an opinion about it,” said Arteta.

“Now unfortunately we have to show it, we have to do it on the pitch and hopefully he is right, as on many other occasions.”

Club legend Thierry Henry, meanwhile, is also hugely impressed by Arsenal’s significant improvement this season and believes they could be considered real title contenders if they still compete with City in January.

“Compete and for me I always say it’s not because it’s Arsenal or any other team, if you’re over Boxing Day and Christmas it’ll be different because you’ve got the World Cup, but if you’re past January and you’re still always on there, competing for the title, then you are a title contender.’

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