How much work has Mikel Arteta got to do to catch Jurgen Klopp’s mighty Reds?

After a brief 28 days of rest and recuperation following the end of last season, football returns as Arsenal get ready to battle it out with Liverpool in the Community Shield.

The Gunners booked their place in the curtain-raiser thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s FA Cup heroics as they beat London rivals Chelsea 2-1 to finish what had been a horrid domestic season on a high.

They will come up against a formidable Liverpool side who left everyone in their wake last season, finishing 18 points clear of Manchester City. 

Mikel Arteta must be praised for his work so far but there is plenty of room for improvement

Jurgen Klopp's turned Liverpool into serial winners and they're currently a class above Arsenal

Jurgen Klopp’s turned Liverpool into serial winners and they’re currently a class above Arsenal

Last season represented a huge contrast in fortunes for the two English giants, one side who look set to dominate football domestically for years to come while another are desperately trying to stop their alarming decline. 

Mikel Arteta must certainly be praised for his work at Arsenal so far, making them a much more stubborn outfit as they lifted silverware at the end of the season, but there is still a sizable gap between them and Liverpool.

Here, Sportsmail takes a…