Liverpool on a ‘different level’, says Arteta as Arsenal boss issues challenge to his players

Charles Watts

The Gunners take on the champions at Anfield in the Premier League on Monday night

Mikel Arteta believes Liverpool have ‘raised the bar’ of English football to such an extent that any team trying to catch them can’t afford to ease off for a single day during the week.

Arsenal take on the champions on Monday night having got the better of them in their last two meetings, recording a 2-1 win at Emirates Stadium at the end of last season and a penalty shoot-out success in the Community Shield at Wembley earlier this month.

Arteta is well aware, however, that two victories are not enough to close what was a 43-point gap that existed between the two sides last season and says the consistency Liverpool have shown throughout their last two campaigns, when they have lost just four league games, is something his evolving side must strive for.

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