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Alan Shearer charges Arsenal’s title probabilities after Gunners go prime of the Premier League

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Alan Shearer gained the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers in 1995 (Picture: Getty)

Alan Shearer believes that while it’s too quickly to name Arsenal title contenders, they’ve now turn into a group that everybody else ought to concern.

The Gunners returned to the highest of the Premier League desk on Sunday after beating Brentford 3-0, courtesy of targets from William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira.

They’ve now gained six of their opening seven video games of the season, and sit a degree above champions Manchester City and arch-rivals Tottenham.

In the meantime, the remaining ‘massive six’ groups have endured powerful begins, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool fifth, seventh and eighth within the desk, albeit having performed a recreation much less.

While nonetheless early days, the outcomes and performances of Mikel Arteta’s aspect have given Arsenal followers hope of a primary league title because the ‘Invincibles’ triumph of 2003/04.

Shearer doesn’t essentially share that enthusiasm, however hailed the work of Arteta in his BBC Sport column, noting the transformation from the woeful begin they made to final season.

He mentioned: ‘The Gunners’ win at Brentford epitomised their progress beneath Mikel Arteta, as a result of all of us bear in mind what occurred on this fixture on the opening weekend of final season – when the Bees didn’t simply beat them, they bullied them.

Arsenal gained at Brentford simply over a yr after they have been humiliated by the Bees (Picture: Getty)

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‘Every little thing was completely different about Arsenal this time – in assault and defence, plus the way in which they managed the sport, and with their angle and depth. They ran out snug winners.

‘This Gunners aspect is just not solely greater and stronger, it is usually extra dedicated. They have been higher in each division and dominated proper from the beginning.

‘[Brentford’s] two strikers, Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo, hardly obtained a kick as a result of Gabriel and William Saliba dominated them a lot, and it was the identical all around the pitch.’

Because the worldwide break begins, Arteta and co. will hope to keep up their nice momentum when the season resumes subsequent month in what shall be a really difficult check for all concerned, as Arsenal will play 9 video games in October.

Fabio Vieira scored his first Arsenal purpose on his full Premier League debut (Picture: Getty)

The postponement of their Europa League conflict with PSV, along with the condensing of fixtures as a result of World Cup, will little question pressure Arsenal’s squad depth.

‘It’s not time to speak about them as title contenders but, however individuals now know that this can be a completely different Arsenal to the group we noticed simply 13 months in the past,’ Shearer added.

‘It’s been an odd begin to this marketing campaign by a number of the massive golf equipment, with Liverpool being nowhere close to the degrees we all know they are often. Chelsea have been the identical, they usually have had extra upheaval after their change of supervisor.

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‘Manchester United made a extremely poor begin too however they’ve recovered effectively, whereas Tottenham are nonetheless unbeaten and are proper up there together with Manchester Metropolis, who’re nonetheless the group to beat.

‘I nonetheless suppose Arsenal’s fundamental goal is a return to the highest 4 for the primary time since 2016, they usually haven’t achieved an excessive amount of flawed thus far.

‘Their subsequent two league video games at first of October, at dwelling to Spurs and Liverpool, will inform us extra about whether or not they can maintain this sturdy begin however, proper now, their followers shall be having fun with what they’re seeing.’


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