Micah Richards warns Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and questions new signing Gabriel

Micah Richards has hailed Mikel Arteta but issued a word of warning to the Arsenal boss (Pictures: Getty)

Micah Richards has issued a word of warning to impressive Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and questioned Gunners summer signing Gabriel.

Former Manchester City and England defender Richards has been impressed by Arteta’s reign at the Emirates but says ‘this is only a start’.

Arteta returned to his former club last December, leaving his role as Pep Guardiola’s assistant to take over from Unai Emery.

While Arsenal only finished eighth in the Premier League last season, Arteta led the club to another FA Cup triumph and has overseen an impressive start to the 2020-21 campaign.

The Gunners kicked off their season by beating champions Liverpool in the Community Shield and have since won three of their four league matches.

Richards is a big fan of Arteta but has warned the Spaniard he needs to target a top-four place given the quality in Arsenal’s squad.

Arsenal signed Brazilian defender Gabriel from Lille (Picture: Getty)

‘What I think is important to point out is the fact this is only a start,’ Richards told MailSport.

‘Arsenal are in a good moment but…