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Thomas Frank claims Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has made the Gunners title contenders

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has hailed Mikel Arteta and believes the Spaniard has made the Gunners Premier League title contenders this season.

Arsenal have won five of their first six games after finishing fifth last year and narrowly missing out on qualifying for the Champions League.

They travel to west London to face Brentford on Sunday, 13 months after a 2-0 defeat by the Bees in their first Premier League game.

And their boss Frank has insisted Arsenal have already overtaken six top rivals Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham as Manchester City’s next challengers in the title race this season

He said: “In Spells, they were the best performing team in the first six games.

“I think they were remarkable, especially the intensity. I’ve watched a lot of their games, but when they played their first game, Friday night’s opener against Crystal Palace, I thought, “What? That’s another level”.

“Crystal Palace didn’t touch the ball for the first 20 minutes and I thought ‘they can win the Premier League’.

“Now, after City, they are the best-performing team in the league.”

Since arriving at Arsenal in December 2019, Arteta has overseen a significant transformation both on and off the pitch.

Under the Spaniard’s supervision, the Gunners have signed several talented youngsters and Arteta has built a dynamic Arsenal team.

He has endured turmoil, including collapsing at the end of last season to miss the Champions League and the highly publicized dispute with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

However, Frank insisted Arteta deserves huge credit for the way he has changed the whole club.

He said: “Mikel Arteta and his coaching staff proved they did well. And the board behind him, they work consistently.

“They are building a young, very exciting team that has key players in good positions. So he did a great job.

“He’s completed a transition from the former manager, he’s created his own culture, and he’s gotten rid of some players and brought in his own.

“I look at a team, is it good or bad, is it structured, does it play with intensity and personality – and I see that 100 percent.

“I can see Arteta in this team, from my point of view of him as a person I see him in the team.

“And that’s how I’m judging him, rather than a couple clips from an Amazon episode, and I think that’s the biggest compliment from one coach to another coach when you look and you’re like, ‘You know what? You look good.”

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