Pep Guardiola once claimed Arsenal are ‘back’ after Mikel Arteta changed ‘the club itself’

Manchester City having lost to Liverpool, it is Arteta’s side who lead the Premier League.

Arsenal have a four-point gap on the champions, becoming City’s closest challengers in the opening weeks of the season. Having overcome Tottenham and Liverpool, they seem to have put last season’s disappointment behind them.

The resurgence at the Emirates Stadium goes beyond the mere signing of former City striker Gabriel Jesus, of course, although the link is hard to ignore.

While Arteta is an FA Cup-winning manager himself, the sight of Guardiola’s former assistant teaming up with Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko makes the battle between the two all the more interesting.

Speaking to Football Daily last week, Guardiola said: “He changed the team, but not just the team, the club itself. Arsenal are back.

Arsenal were due to host City this week but saw the game delayed to take account of their canceled Europa League game with PSV Eindhoven after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

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