Arsenal title tilt not a surprise to Erik ten Hag as Manchester United boss hails Mikel Arteta impact

Arsenal title tilt not a surprise to Erik ten Hag as Manchester United boss hails Mikel Arteta impact

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is not surprised to see Arsenal challenging for the Premier League title.

The Gunners are currently five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table and have a game in hand.

United are eight points off Arsenal, but they will have the chance to close the gap when they travel to Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Ten Hag’s side beat Arsenal in the reverse fixture in September, winning 3-1, but he could see then that the Gunners would be a force this season.

“In the moment we played them, you could already see the manager’s coaching style was for a long time working in the team,” he said.

Mutual respect: Erik ten Hag admires the work done by Mikel Arteta at Arsenal (Manchester United via Getty Images)
Mutual respect: Erik ten Hag admires the work done by Mikel Arteta at Arsenal (Manchester United via Getty Images)

“You could see good structures in the team and they improved in the first half of the season. They have a really good spirit in the team.

“We know what to do, but we have to be really good. We need a really good performance and if we do, then we have a good chance of getting out of that performance, a good result.

“It’s obvious they are in a really good run and they deserve the position where they are now. It’s a really good structure – they play with a good mentality, winning attitude in the team.

“That’s why they’re top of the league. They’re on a great run and it’s up to us to end that run and we’ll do everything to do that.”