Glenn Hoddle praises Mikel Arteta and makes prediction for Arsenal’s trip to Liverpool

Liverpool entertain Arsenal at Anfield on Monday evening (Picture: Getty)

Glenn Hoddle has praised Mikel Arteta for ‘tightening up’ Arsenal’s defence and bringing ‘balance’ to the side but believes Premier League champions Liverpool will come out on top when the two teams meet on Monday night.

Victories over London rivals Fulham and West Ham mean third-placed Arsenal sit above Liverpool on goal difference two games into the campaign but Jurgen Klopp’s men are overwhelming favourites to secure all three points at Anfield.

The Merseyside giants beat Chelsea 2-0 last weekend and confidence levels will be sky high after a thumping 7-2 win over Lincoln to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Thursday evening.

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Asked whether Monday’s match is Arsenal’s ‘first real test’ of the season on The Weekend Preview, ex-England and Tottenham star Hoddle said: ‘Without a shadow of a doubt, no disrespect to the teams they’ve already played.

‘But they do look better, they’ve got a nice balance to the team…