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Arsenal are a bigger club than Manchester United and Liverpool, claims Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta claims Arsenal are bigger than Manchester United and Liverpool (Picture: Getty)
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta claims the Gunners are the biggest club in England.

The Spaniard signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Gunners earlier this month and in doing so sealed a return to the club where he spent five years as a player.

Arteta made it clear to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola that he would only leave his role as assistant manager for one other Premier League outfit and that was Arsenal.

The 37-year-old takes charge of the Gunners for the first time at the Emirates today when Chelsea make the short trip across the capital.

Arteta takes charge at the Emirates for the first time today (Picture: Getty)
And, speaking ahead of that clash, Arteta has made the bold claim that he’s joined the biggest side in the Premier League ahead of giants such as Manchester United and Liverpool.

‘We are the biggest football club in England, and we have to play a little bit with that ..

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Mikel Arteta claims Arsenal are bigger than Manchester United and Liverpool
Mikel Arteta claims Arsenal are bigger than Manchester United and Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta claims the Gunners are the biggest club in England.

The Spaniard signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Gunners earlier this month and in doing so sealed a return to the club where he spent five years as a player.

Arteta made it clear to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola that he would only leave his role as assistant manager for one other Premier League outfit and that was Arsenal.


The 37-year-old takes charge of the Gunners for the first time at the Emirates today when Chelsea make the short trip across the capital.

Arteta takes charge at the Emirates for the first time today
Arteta takes charge at the Emirates for the first time today (Picture: Getty)

And, speaking ahead of that clash, Arteta has made the bold claim that he’s joined the biggest side in the Premier League ahead of giants such as Manchester United and Liverpool.

‘We are the biggest football club in England, and we have to play a little bit with that arrogance, that belief,’ Arteta told Sky Sports.

‘This stadium has to create fear again. I used to hate coming here as an opponent, and we need to use that power. The opponent must be uncomfortable playing here. We need to recover here.

‘It was incredible to play here as an Arsenal player. It’s one of the most beautiful, exciting stadiums in the world. When this crowd gets going, and you feel them right behind the team, it’s an incredible place.’

Arsenal are the third most successful club in England behind Liverpool and Manchester United.

The Emirates is the third biggest club ground in the Premier League, behind Old Trafford and White Hart Lane.

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Chelsea’s recent slip has allowed Arsenal to revive their hopes of a top four finish and a win today would move the Gunners to within five points of the Blues.

Just eight points separate Chelsea in fourth and Arsenal in 12th.

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