Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says he is “worried” about Arsenal continuing their strong start to the season when the Premier League resumes on Boxing Day.
Arsenal beat Wolverhampton 2-0 in their final match before the World Cup to open a five-point lead over Manchester City.
Mikel Arteta’s men have lost just one of their first 14 matches and have won 12.
Arsenal also benefited from some first-team players Martin Odegaard, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Magalhaes not going to the World Cup.
Others, like Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey, exited the tournament in the group stage or round of 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 fit striker at Arteta’s disposal.
Speaking on his YouTube show FIVE, Ferdinand said: “I’m worried about Arsenal after we’re back!
“I’m just saying. Just because of Jesus, that’s all I worry about.”
Premier League: I’m worried about Arsenal’s title challenge after the World Cup – Rio Ferdinand