Arsenal are set to face Tottenham at New White Hart Lane on Sunday and Mikel Arteta has discussed the significance of rivalries in football.
Mikel Arteta: “They are all different, it depends a lot whether you win or lose, that’s what makes it special.”
“Obviously we have had some really nice ones playing them at the Emirates and beating them so I have some really good memories of that. It’s such a special occasion.”
“Rivalry in football, when you take it in a positive way, and that brings energy, that brings passion, that brings a city together. It’s such a beautiful thing,” he said.
“We are privileged to have big teams in the city and it’s a shame we don’t have the fans to enjoy it with us.”
During his time as an Arsenal player, Arteta played in 9 North London Derbies, winning 5, drawing 2 and losing 2. He played in both games that saw the Gunners secure consecutive 5-2 victories.
However, the Sunday clash will be the first time he faces Spurs as an Arsenal manager. The same applies to Jose Mourinho, who was appointed as man’s of the Lilywhites in November last year. It’s practically the first meeting for both managers as they go head to head tomorrow.
Jose Mourinho: “To be the Champions of North London means nothing to me. You must be bigger than that and have more ambition than that,” said the Spurs manager responding to some online trolling by Arsenal’s social media team.
Tottenham are currently ninth in the Premier League table, one point away from Arsenal in 8th place. Arteta’s team has a chance of winning as they left their supporters in awe in the games against Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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Tottenham Hotspur on the other hand are currently struggling as it was seen in their last game as they failed to have a shot on target throughout the game against Bournemouth.