Arsenal: Mikel Arteta believes Cole Palmer sale underlines strength at Man City

Arsenal: Mikel Arteta believes Cole Palmer sale underlines strength at Man City

Mikel Arteta believes Manchester City selling Cole Palmer and still competing for the title underlines their strength.

City sold Palmer to Chelsea in the summer for £42.5million and the 20-year-old has been a revelation for them.

Palmer has scored 20 goals in the Premier League this season, making him the joint top scorer alongside Erling Haaland.

And Arteta believes the fact City have sold Palmer and still performed so well underlines just how strong they are.

“Well, that’s a very good example,” said Arteta. “But I have been there, I have been there with them, so nobody has to tell me.

“I have been there on that pitch with them every single day and I know the quality, I know the mentality that they have.

“I know the manager, the preparation, the club, the resources, the structure - so, that’s the task.

“But that’s why they have done what they have done in a consistent way, which is very well. I don’t know which other team has done it this well, put it that way.”

Arsenal are due to face Chelsea on Tuesday night, but Palmer is a doubt for the match after missing training on Monday due to illness.

Mauricio Pochettino has challenged his side to step up in his absence and prove they are not “Cole Palmer Football Club” by beating Arsenal tonight without their star man.

“It is a good challenge if Palmer is not available tomorrow,” said Pochettino on Monday. “It’s a good challenge for his teammates or those in a similar position.

“If I were them, I would be motivated to go there tomorrow and show that this is Chelsea Football Club, not Cole Palmer Football Club.”