Arsenal: Arteta admits team can be own worst enemy
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Tottenham will be looking to secure a double over Arsenal this Sunday when they travel to the Emirates Stadium. Spurs are in good form thanks to attacking trio Harry Kane, Gareth Bale and Son Heung-min, leaving Mikel Arteta concerned.
Mikel Arteta has expressed his concern about Tottenham’s deadly attack ahead of this weekend’s North London derby.
The Gunners will look to back up their 3-1 win over Olympiacos when they host Spurs on Sunday afternoon.
Jose Mourinho’s side have been in a rich vein of form in recent weeks, scoring four goals in three of their last five games.
Harry Kane’s return to fitness has coincided with Gareth Bale finally finding his shooting boots, while Son Heung-min has re-found his good form.
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And when asked how much of a challenge it would be to keep Spurs’ frontline quiet, Arteta replied: “It’s very difficult because the level of quality, precision, understanding and chemistry that they have between them makes them probably one of the most special ones in Europe.
“And they don’t need much. They are able to create their own chances, they are able to link as a team.
“So it is really difficult to do that, but we will prepare the game well to try to step them obviously.”
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Arsenal are without a win in five of the last six derbies, and lost 2-0 to Tottenham earlier this season, leaving Arteta wary of their fast breaks.
“Well in the last game we started the game really well, we were very dominant, and the first time that they went through our halfway line they scored a goal. It’s their quality,” said Arteta.
“They are a really organised team, a big threat in every counter-attack situation, good individual skills and great organisation.
“And you can see that the team fights and believes absolutely what the manager’s ideas are, and they are very much together, so it will be a really tough game.”
Arsenal’s performance against against Olympiacos was strewn with errors, which Arteta knows cannot continue against Spurs.
“The amount of chances that we are conceding has been really low,” Arteta went on.
“But the amount of chances that we have given to the opponent has had a big impact in the goals that we have conceded.
“So it depends on us a big part, which is a really positive thing, but we know that it is a part that we want to eradicate to be more consistent with results.”
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