Mikel Arteta sent major Arsenal Premier League title warning with clear Liverpool message


Mikel Arteta and Arsenal have been sent a Premier League title warning by Chris Sutton with the pundit making a clear Liverpool point. With the November international break upon us, an exciting three-way title race appears to be in motion with North London rivals Tottenham enduring an injury crisis that has seen them suffer back-to-back defeats.

The Gunners bounced back from defeat at Newcastle in superb fashion with a 3-1 win against Burnley at Emirates Stadium. Leandro Trossard opened the scoring before Josh Brownhill equalised with William Saliba and Oleksandr Zinchenko as the surprise scorers in the second half to put Arsenal back in control.

Three points saw Arsenal move joint-top for 24 hours before Liverpool and Manchester City each picked up points on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp's side beat Brentford 3-0 at Anfield before a chaotic eight-goal thriller between Man City and Chelsea was played out at Stamford Bridge with the point picked up enough to see the reigning champions remain at the summit.

Injury issues have ravaged most clubs this season with the relentless schedule proving difficult to manage for a number of clubs. Arsenal in particular are feeling the affects with Gabriel Jesus, Martin Odegaard and Emile Smith Rowe recent first-team stars to join the injury list already consisting of Thomas Partey and Jurrien Timber.

This past weekend, Ben White missed his first minutes of the season with injury, while Takehiro Tomiyasu went into and left the clash with a knock, with Arteta delivering a double update after the game. "Yesterday [Friday] in training he wasn’t comfortable," he said. "He didn’t look right. But Ben won’t give you much. He always wants to be on the pitch and he wants to hide anything that is in there. But we highlighted something happening there that we noticed in the last two weeks as well. We wanted to protect him today. It was the right call from the physios and the medical department and tomorrow we will assess him and understand what’s happening."

On Tomiyasu, who went off at half time in the week, he added: "Only his eye, his lens, he had a problem with his lens but the rest he was top, a very good performance." Gabriel Martinelli was also struggling with his hamstring in the latter stages of Saturday's game, although both he and Jesus were spotted arriving for international duty with Brazil.

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Liverpool meanwhile, have seen Cody Gakpo, Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez all miss fixtures this season, and yet the Reds have rarely been affected in front of goal with 27 Premier League goals scored from 12 games and that is where Sutton believes Liverpool may hold the advantage in the race for domestic silverware.

Speaking on the BBC’s ‘The Monday Night Club', via The Boot Room, he admitted: “The issue with Arsenal is that and I think Alan Shearer said about Eddie Nketiah not being an elite striker and I think everybody feels there is maybe the thought there is a bit of a void in that centre-forward position for Arsenal, whereas Liverpool have that covered. Arteta can play Jesus, Nketiah, he can play Trossard if he wants as a false nine, but they don’t have the options that Liverpool have.”

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