Saturday , January 23 2021

Arteta: ‘It’s too early to see Tottenham a champion candidate’



Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta suggested that today’s London derby will be the place to check Tottenham’s championship candidate status.

* Tottenham – Arsenal: 23:30 Sunday, December 6, Hanoi time.

“Now it’s too early to see which team is the championship candidate, which team is not,” the Spaniard said on 5/12 during a pre-match press conference. “What I can say now, as I said, is that Tottenham are well placed and are doing the right thing. What we are concerned about is the position of the teams after 38 rounds, and on this at the moment, what I’m worried about what Sunday will look like, Arsenal want to take all three points to close the gap with Tottenham “.

Arteta confidently aims to beat Tottenham on the opponent's field, despite the difference in current form.  Photo: Reuters

Arteta confidently aims to beat Tottenham on the opponent’s field, despite the difference in current form. Image: Reuters

Before today’s derby, Tottenham finished second in the Premier League, and has not lost a single game since the loss at Everton. Arsenal, by contrast, lacked stability, lost five in 10 games and were sinking 14.

With 10 goals available, Arsenal scored only worse than the bottom three. Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the embodiment of that poor performance, when he has not scored a single goal of live football since his first appearance. Meanwhile, Tottenham flourished with public goods. Son Heung-min has netted nine, while Harry Kane has seven and nine assists.

Arteta admits the top form of the Tottenham duo is a major concern for Arsenal in preparation for today’s derby. He added: “They are in a lofty time, full of confidence. You can clearly see the great faith in their play. When things go wrong, Tottenham always follow the plan and they believe the they do their part very well, which is why the top.

The London derby has a lot of meaning, because Tottenham Stadium will welcome back the fans, albeit on a limited scale. Prior to that, English football spent more than eight months without fans coming onto the pitch due to the impact of Covid-19. The presence of 2,000 fans, according to Arteta, is a great source of spiritual encouragement for the players.

“The derby without fans is no longer a derby,” he explained. “We haven’t complained, but have been waiting for this for a long time. To be honest, I’d rather kick in the closed stadium than rival fans than anyone, because after all, next week it is our turn to play the field. At home. We will gradually bring back the fans when everything is safe. “

“Getting fans is under pressure, but also full of energy. This is the beauty of football that we want to share with the fans,” Arteta added.

Results - schedule of series matches in the European leagues this weekend.  Photo: Ta Lu

Results – schedule of series matches in the European leagues this weekend. Image: Ta Lu

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