Mikel Arteta admits closing last season’s huge points gap between his Arsenal side and champions Liverpool is virtually impossible.
But, at the same time, the Gunners boss knows maintaining his own 100 percent record against Jurgen Klopp’s men this week would be a significant step in the right direction.
Since assuming the reins last December, Arteta has masterminded two wins out of two over the Reds – defeating them in last season’s Premier League run-in and in the recent Community Shield.
And should his Gunners make that a hat-trick – tomorrow night at Anfield – they will stand three points clear of the title holders.
Which, in itself, would be some achievement, given the North Londoners finished last term a thumping 43 points adrift of the Merseysiders.
No wonder Arteta, whose side also face Liverpool in the League Cup on Thursday, reckons reducing such a wide divide so soon is such a difficult task.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have a lot of work to do to match Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool long term
The Emirates chief said: “I don’t know if in football history someone has closed a gap of 43 points in just a few months.
“Obviously, what you’re expecting is to be much better and more consistent and, then, if they drop their level a little bit, the gap is not that big.
“But we can only control what we can control, which is our performances and consistency. We’ll do our best to be much better than last year.”
As for his perfect head-to-head stats with Klopp, Arteta claims they are more to do with his players’ brilliant displays – than any magical touchline tactics by himself.
Explaining how to beat Liverpool, the ex-Man City number two said: “Well, first of all you need an individual performance by all your players.
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