Jurgen Klopp explains why Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are so difficult to play against

Klopp praised Arteta and his team
Klopp praised Arteta and his team (Picture: Getty Images)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits Arsenal’s defensive structure and counter-attacking threat is what makes Mikel Arteta’s side so difficult for top teams to play against.

The champions go up against the Gunners on Monday night, with both teams heading into the match with 100 per cent records in the Premier League so far.

The last time the two sides met in the Community Shield in August, Arsenal won the game on penalties after the game ended 1-1 in normal time.

Arteta is in the midst of a rebuild at the club
Arteta is in the midst of a rebuild at the club (Picture: Getty Images)

A hallmark of Arteta’s new look Gunners side is their defensive stability, with all 11 players working hard for the team, while the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang provides plenty of speed when transitioning from defence to attack.

Klopp says their organisation in defence makes them a nightmare for teams attempting to break them down.

‘It’s a defensive structure, they defend properly,’ the German boss admitted. ‘All the players are involved in their defending.

‘They defend in a 5-4-1 and when you have quality players that makes it tricky for the opposition, then with the speed they in the counter-attack can cause you trouble.

‘I can say a lot of positive things about Arsenal, but I think we still have a chance on Monday night.’

Klopp also believes Arteta has already proven himself as a top manager, despite only joining the club last December.

‘Mikel Arteta has shown in a short period of time he seems an exceptional football manager,’ he added.

‘The structure of his team is exceptional, the balance of the team is really good. He has changed the whole mood of the club.’

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