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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta in awe of Liverpool after summer of signings

Mikel Arteta claims Liverpool are even stronger this season than they were when they ran away with the Premier League title.

Arsenal boss Arteta has a 100 per cent record against Jurgen Klopp after the Gunners beat the Reds 2-1 in the league in July and then again in the Community Shield.

But Arteta, who praised Thiago Alcantara as “a great signing” by the reigning champs, has warned his team to be prepared to suffer at Anfield on Monday.

He said: “I think they are getting better and better and they have less weaknesses. They are a fantastic side.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal face two tricky fixtures against Liverpool in one week
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“The issue with the weaknesses of opponents is how many you are able to exploit and how many opportunities you get to do that.

“With all the incredible things that they have, you know they are going to still be able to do them. So I want to focus on what we have to do and control our own aspects.

“It is like quick waves all the time with them, without much time to breathe. It is a really quick game, it doesn’t see long sequences of passes against them.

Thiago Alcantara made more passes than any Chelsea player despite coming on at the break
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“They’re a team that are really consistent in their performances. They are able to constrain the opponent to do very little against them and they can dominate long periods of games.

“You have to be able, when you have the right opportunities and the right moments, to be ruthless – you have to do that.

“As well, you have to suffer for periods because you know and you have to expect that they’re going to have the experience.”

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is keen to improve his squad before October’s transfer deadline
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