If you were to name Arsenal’s threats ahead of next season, I doubt you’d mention Tottenham as one. one of them. Why would you?
Gordon Strachan, a man who has watched Spurs’ new boss Ange Postecoglu in the Scottish League, has been speaking of why the North Londoners shouldn’t be taken lightly. Strachan likens the Australian’s attacking front-foot style of play to Pep Guardiola’s. Spurs have been unfortunate about laying their hands on silverware, but Strachan insinuates that could change. To Genting Casino, Strachan said, “It doesn’t matter who Tottenham will be playing; they’ll be looking to unsettle teams with the intensity of their play. Ange likes to do everything very quickly. His football was so quick; he was catching the cameramen out!
“They’ll be compact without the ball. When they go forward, they’ll play with a lot of width. The football isn’t too dissimilar to Manchester City’s in terms of width, movement in the midfield, and full-backs inverting. Everything his teams do is at a high tempo. It’s a type of football the Tottenham fans will enjoy.
Postecoglu could help Spurs be more competitive; winning five of the six trophies he could have won in Scotland suggests so. But the Scottish Premiership isn’t the Premier League; Steven Gerrard and Brendan Rodgers are well aware of that. Even so, for the Gunners, their North London rivals getting better should be good news, as it is a recipe for a competitive North London derby. Last season, Arsenal beat them home and away.
It is clear Arteta has taken Arsenal back to the top, and his activities in the transfer window suggest he wants to remain there. Arsenal have to dismantle any team that stands in their way of being PL champions, be it Tottenham, Manchester City, or whichever team.
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