Arsenal boss Arteta could deploy tactical tweak amid Spurs verdict - pundit

By Noel Whelan

11th May, 2022 | 8:10am

Mikel Arteta could change Arsenal system amid 'dangerous' Tottenham claim - pundit

Mikel Arteta will be “extremely respectful” of Tottenham’s potent attack and could set up his Arsenal side to play on the counter-attack during Thursday’s (12 May) derby, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 40-year-old will be desperate to protect his side’s four-point advantage in the Premier League table.

Arsenal travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday (12 May) needing a win to secure their place in next season’s Champions League group stage.

The Gunners recorded a 3-1 derby victory in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

Arteta’s side dominated 63% of the ball and notched 19 shots on goal during their 2-1 win over Leeds United on Sunday (8 May).

Whelan suggested Arsenal will be looking to “pick and choose their moments” against a “dangerous” Tottenham side.

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“I think Arteta will be mindful of that four-point advantage,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“He’ll be extremely respectful of that front three Tottenham have. He’ll set up his Arsenal side with that in mind.

“Tottenham are a different animal under Conte, and they’ve shown that they can dismantle any team with that dangerous attack.

“I don’t think Arteta will to go there and throw everything at them, even if a win does secure the top-four finish.

“He’s going to have a real plan. He’ll have to utilise the strengths that he has going forward, as well – Martinelli and Saka in those wide areas.

“I think they’ll pick and choose their moments and try to play on the counter.

They’ve certainly got the players to make the most of those opportunities when they come.

“Conte will be very wary of that danger, I’m sure.”

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