Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s prediction is bad news for Aston Villa and Everton

Mikel Arteta predicts the ‘natural’ order at the Premier League summit will be restored sooner rather than later.

And the good news for Arsenal supporters, fretting over their team's recent dip in form, is the Spaniard is optimistic they will be up there, mixing it with the big boys, too.

The table going into the weekend still looked a crazy mess with only two of last season’s top six – Liverpool and Leicester – among the early pacesetters.

That all stems from a succession of shock results and goals flying in all over the place as players get to grips with having no fans inside stadiums and minimal pre-season preparations.

But, as far as Arteta is concerned, the current rollercoaster state of play will not last – with normal service being resumed by the elite the longer the season runs.

The Arsenal boss, whose side travel to Manchester United this afternoon, said: “I expect that everything will start to be more natural and more stable.

“The start of the season depends a lot on your fixtures. Don't forget, this season we have already played three times against Liverpool, and against Manchester City away.

“And we've had some tough games without any preparation. Everyone has to play 38 games, home and away. We’ll see where we all are in May.”

Last week’s 1-0 home defeat to Leicester made it three league reverses against top-six rivals already for Arsenal.

However, Arteta is adamant his Gunners will be emerging victorious from such tight clashes – once the squad is fully fit and firing properly.

He went on: “I’ve prioritised things we had to get right straight away to give us the best possible chance to be competitive in every game – to put up a real fight against any opponent.

“I think we’re doing that and now there are some final improvements to be more consistent with our results.

“But the way we are competing in every game is unquestionable – even against the top teams.

“The game we lost the other day (to Leicester), in a few months we will win it. Those matches will be better controlled and we’ll be more of a threat.

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"It takes time and you have to respect that without exposing players. It's a challenge we are resolving on a daily basis because we didn’t have a six-week pre-season.

“We’re just facing situations as they come. We’ll get better.”

Today’s hosts United were having similar issues when thrashed 6-1 at home by Tottenham last month – before responding with an impressive four-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

Talk about unpredictable. Certainly, Arteta is left scratching his head when analysing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Reds.

He admitted: “I've been watching their games and they are really different – where they've won and lost, the way the games navigated in certain moments and ended up. There’s confusion.

“What I can say about them is they can turn any match into a win with the ability they have up front and attacking threat.”

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