Sunday Mirror

MIKEL: THE CREAM WILL RISE TO TOP

- BY HARRY PRATT Sports · Soccer · Premier League (England) · Arsenal F.C. · Manchester United F.C. · Manchester · Liverpool · Liverpool Football Club · Manchester City Football Club · Leicester City F.C. · Brendan Rodgers

MIKEL ARTETA pre­dicts the ‘nat­u­ral’ or­der at the Premier League summit will be re­stored sooner rather than later.

Shock re­sults, goals fly­ing in all over the place, no fans in­side sta­di­ums and lit­tle pre-sea­son prepa­ra­tion has seen an un­usual look to the top of the ta­ble.

But Ar­se­nal boss Arteta reck­ons the roller­coaster state of play will not last — with nor­mal ser­vice be­ing re­sumed by the elite the longer the sea­son runs.

“I ex­pect that ev­ery­thing will start to be more nat­u­ral and more sta­ble,” he said as he pre­pares to take his team to Manchester United to­day.

“The start of the sea­son de­pends a lot on your fix­tures. This sea­son we have al­ready played against Liver­pool and Manchester City away.

“We’ve had some tough games with­out any prepa­ra­tion.

“But ev­ery­one has to play 38 games, home and away. So we will see where we all are in May.”

Last week’s 1-0 home de­feat to Bren­dan Rodgers’ Leicester made it three league re­verses against top-six ri­vals al­ready.

How­ever, Arteta is adamant his men will start emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous from such tight clashes — once the squad is fully fit and fir­ing prop­erly.

He added: “There are some fi­nal im­prove­ments to be more con­sis­tent with our re­sults. But the way we are com­pet­ing in ev­ery game is un­ques­tion­able – even against the top teams.”

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WIN­NER Rodgers en­joys vic­tory at the Emi­rates

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