Roy Keane insists Arsenal are ‘the biggest challenge to Man City’ in the Premier League

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Roy Keane has branded Arsenal ‘the biggest challenge to Man City’ in this year’s Premier League title race.

Mikel Arteta’s side are top of the league table after nine games played, with 24 points and eight wins. They are one point ahead of current champions City.

Keane, working as a pundit on Sky for Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa, praised the Gunners for their ‘confidence’ so far this season as they aim to mount a genuine title challenge.

‘They are playing with confidence, they have got some physicality,’ Keane said.

‘They have good experience in midfield and young players full of talent.

‘They are scoring goals, they have an electric ground and at the moment they are the biggest challenge to Man City.’

Arsenal beat Liverpool 3-2 on Sunday to maintain their good form and were worthy winners as a Gabriel Martinelli strike and Bukayo Saka brace helped the Gunners on their way.

Jamie Carragher, also working as a pundit on the game, echoed Keane’s views, and admitted it’s the first time he’s seen positive energy at the Emirates since he started working as a pundit.

‘I love the energy in the stadium right now and that isn’t something I have seen in this job looking at Arsenal,’ he said.

‘You can just feel something. I think Arteta is fantastic in terms of how he gets his team playing but tactically he is really good.’

Arsenal face Leeds on Sunday in their next Premier League outing as they aim to keep up their good run.

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