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Manchester United former defender Rio Ferdinand expressed concern about Arsenal’s ability to continue their excellent start to the season when the Premier League returns on Boxing Day

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Rio Ferdinand, a former defender for Manchester United, has expressed concern about Arsenal’s ability to continue their excellent start to the season when the Premier League returns on Boxing Day.

In their final game before the World Cup, the Gunners defeated Wolves 2-0 to increase their lead over Manchester City to five points.

The team of Mikel Arteta has won 12 and lost just one of its first 14 games.

Martin Odegaard, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Gabriel Magalhaes, three members of the first squad, not traveling to the World Cup has been advantageous for Arsenal as well.

Others, such as Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey, exited the tournament in the group stage or last 16 and have already resumed full training with the rest of the squad.

However, Gabriel Jesus was forced to return early from Qatar, with the Brazilian striker potentially sidelined for three months after undergoing surgery on a knee injury.

It leaves Eddie Nketiah as the only senior, fit striker at Arteta’s disposal.

Speaking on his FIVE YouTube show, Ferdinand said: “I’m worrying for Arsenal after we go back!

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