Mikel Arteta makes Kane and Son statement to surprise Arsenal fans before North London Derby


Mikel Arteta has admitted it will be a challenge to keep out Tottenham’s impressive front line in the North London Derby on Sunday.

The Gunners go into the game having failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last nine matches in all competitions.

Spurs trio Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Gareth Bale meanwhile have scored 48 goals between them already this season only 17 less than the entire Arsenal squad combined (65)

Speaking ahead of the derby on Sunday Arteta was full of praise for the strike force Jose Mourinho has to pick from and revealed he is concerned about their threat.

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“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 (attacks) in Europe,” he said.

“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, but we will prepare the game well to try to stop them obviously.”

Kane and Son were both on the scoresheet last time the two side’s met in October and Arteta revealed that he is expecting the duo to offer a similar threat this time around.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring their second goal with Heung-Min Son during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 06, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
Kane and Son were once again the match winners as Spurs brushed aside bitter rivals Arsenal on Sunday

“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,” he said.

“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.”

Added to Spurs’ impressive front line is Arsenal’s continuing ability to be the architects of their own downfall in recent matches.

Granit Xhaka’s mistake gifted Burnley a goal in their last Premier League match, while an error from Bernd Leno allowed Oympiacos to equalise in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Arteta also admitted that cutting this part out of his side’s game would be crucial if they were to stand any chance of winning their first North London Derby since 2018.

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“Well, yes because the amount of chances that we are conceding has been really low,” he said when asked if his needed to focus on stopping the individual errors.

“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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