Klopp Claims Arteta Has Changed Arsenal

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Arteta: Liverpool Are Superior To Arsenal In Many Aspects

Jurgen Klopp claims Mikel Arteta is an “exceptional football manager” as he aims at getting his first win over Arsenal since the Spaniard took over the North London side.

Klopp saw his Premier league-winning side lose against the Gunners in July at the Emirates Stadium.

Arteta’s Arsenal then inflicted a penalty shoot-out defeat on Liverpool in the Community Shield at the end of August, leaving Klopp still searching for that elusive victory over Pep Guardiola’s former apprentice.

The teams resume their fascinating recent rivalry at Anfield on Monday, and while Klopp is optimistic Liverpool can extend their 100% start to the season, he can see Arteta inculcating a culture designed for success at Arsenal.

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A club that was blighted by uncertainty before Arteta ‘s arrival seems to have a solid footing and a sense of direction after nine months at the helm.

“Mikel Arteta has shown in a pretty short period of time that he seems to be an exceptional football manager. The structure of the team is absolutely exceptional,” Klopp said.

“You can see the balance between defence and offence is really good. There’s good organisation, freedom for the players and he uses the players in the right position.

“Since he’s been there, he’s done a pretty impressive job, changed the whole mood in the club. I don’t think a lot of people thought he would have won any competition, but he did that by winning the FA Cup and also the English ‘Super Cup’ [the Community Shield].

“That’s pretty impressive. So it’s a tough, tough opponent.”They defend properly, all the players are involved. They defend in a 5-4-1 which is a pretty tricky situation. I can say a lot of positive things about Arsenal because it’s true, but I think we still have a chance on Monday night.”

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