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Micah Richards outlines why he is "genuinely excited" about Arsenal under Arteta

Former Manchester City and Aston Villa defender Micah Richards believes Arsenal can mount a genuine challenge to finish in the Premier League 's top four this season.

The North London club currently sit fifth in the table following defeat at City on Saturday, but have welcomed a number of new faces over the summer including veteran winger Willian and marquee signing Thomas Partey.

Richards told Sky Sports following the final whistle that he sees Arsenal as more disciplined since the arrival of boss Mikel Arteta, with the addition of midfielder Partey providing some much-needed structural integrity in the centre of the pitch.

"They were well-drilled," he said.

"If you look at Arsenal over the last couple of years, you didn't know their shape.

"At least now, they've got a shape, they've got a structure, everyone is buying into what Arteta is doing and it's great to have Thomas Partey coming on, you can just see different pictures and where people are going to be plugging holes.

"I'm genuinely excited for Arsenal, I don't believe they're ready to challenge for the title yet, but I think top-four is a realistic aim for them this season."

Raheem Sterling 's first-half goal proved to be the deciding factor in Saturday's match, with the visitors missing a number of key chances to snatch something from the game.

Both Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were denied by City goalkeeper Ederson, with Richards naming Arsenal's lack of ruthlessness on the day as a key reason behind the result.

"In the second half Arsenal didn't look good, but there were quick moments where on another day you put them two chances away, it's a different game," he continued.

"I think that's the difference between Arsenal and Man City.

"They'll be putting their chances away, Arsenal are just on their way to putting those chances away."

Arteta's side will be looking to put things right next weekend as they welcome Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium for their next Premier League encounter.

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