Mikel Arteta admits he’s wary of the attackers at Jose Mourinho’s disposal as Arsenal look to end a five-game winless run against Sp*rs in Sunday’s North London derby.
Our neighbours come into the game high on confidence following five consecutive wins and have Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min and Gareth Bale in good form.
Between them, the trio has 48 goals and 32 assists in all competitions this season, a record that compares very favourably to Arsenal’s three most potent attackers – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alex Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe – who’ve mustered 33 goals and 7 assists in total.
Given our recent defensive howlers, the boss knows full well that his side are going to have to be at the best in both boxes if they are to take the bragging rights at the Emirates.
“The last game, we started really well, we were dominant and the first time they went over the halfway line they scored,” he said.
“That’s the quality, they are a well-organised team, a big threat in every counter-attack situation, great individuals skills and great organisation.
“You can see the team fights and believes absolutely in what the manager’s ideas are, so it will be a really tough game.”
On the challenge we face keeping their strikeforce quiet, he added: “Very difficult because the level of quality, precision, understanding and chemistry they have between them makes them probably one of the most [dangerous] teams in Europe.
“They don’t need much. They are able to create their own chances, they are able to link as a team. So it’s really difficult to do that, but we’ll prepare the game well to try to stop them, obviously.”
Arsenal do have a very good home record against Sp*rs losing just two of our last 35 home league encounters at Highbury / Emirates Stadium. A derby victory would also close the gap in the table to four points and give us a glimmer of hope of a St Totteringham’s Day return.