Patrick Vieira names Arsenal as Premier League title challengers to Liverpool and Man City.
The Gunners have a perfect record this season, having defeated Crystal Palace and Leicester City in their first two games.
Mikel Arteta’s side missed out on a place in the Champions League last season, but they signed Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko in the off-season, significantly bolstering the Spaniard’s squad.
Arsenal defeated the Eagles on the first day of the season, thanks to goals from Gabriel Martinelli and an own goal from Marc Guehi.
The Eagles earned their first points of the season with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool last night, and Vieira will no doubt be hoping his team’s schedule eases up in the coming weeks.
In response to Palace’s difficult start, Vieira predicted that Arsenal would challenge for the title.
‘When you look at the number of points, of course playing against two teams who are fighting to win the Premier League, is always going to be challenging,’ said Vieira.
‘But i’m more interested in the performances and I think today we showed character, the personality, we showed a lot of discipline and that will help us to win football matches.
‘Of course the game against Arsenal especially in the second half was a good performance. I believe overall that we are on the right path.’
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hits back at Erling Haaland criticism
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, has responded to critics of Manchester City striker Erling Haaland, who said it is “crazy” how quickly players are judged in the Premier League.
Haaland has had a strong start to his City career. On his debut for the club, the Norwegian scored two goals against West Ham and then assisted against Bournemouth at the Etihad for Pep Guardiola’s side.
There were doubts about the striker’s ability to make the transition from the Bundesliga to the Premier League before he made his debut for the Blues. The former Borussia Dortmund player was expected to struggle with the speed and intensity of English football.
When Haaland failed to score in the Community Shield against Liverpool, these questions were being asked by rival fans who were quick to slate the striker. This knee-jerk reaction from fans is something that Liverpool’s manager thinks is becoming far too commonplace in today’s game.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp discussed the pressure that players are under to succeed straight away.
He said: “It’s crazy how quick we judge people… wow! Imagine if somebody did that to us and said, ‘First day of work, it didn’t work out. Go home, we never want to see you again! And you don’t get a second chance by the way’ – we would have all been long gone! No chance.
“You can’t say, ‘Come on, you have to give me 100 per cent immediately’ – you have to develop it and that’s what we’re doing at the moment and in a good way.
“It’s funny as well, we won against Manchester City the week before the season and everybody was asking, ‘will Haaland score this and that?’ – a week is like 10 years in football!”