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Ange Postecoglou sends warning message to Arsenal despite heavy defeat at Newcastle

Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou says he is not worried about the North London Derby against Arsenal despite heavy defeat at Newcastle

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Following Tottenham Hotspur’s deflating 4-0 loss against Newcastle United, manager Ange Postecoglou displayed a composed demeanour when asked about the upcoming North London Derby against Arsenal and the challenging fixtures against Liverpool and Manchester City. 

The defeat at St. James’ Park dealt a significant blow to Spurs’ Champions League qualification hopes, with two goals from Alexander Isak, Anthony Gordon and Fabian Schar sealing a decisive victory for the Magpies.

Despite slipping to fifth in the Premier League table on goal difference, Spurs are level on points with Aston Villa. Postecoglou remains undeterred by the daunting prospect of facing London rivals. 

When questioned about his concerns regarding the upcoming fixtures, Postecoglou confidently laughed and dismissed any worries, stating, ‘No, no, no, no’ during his post-match press conference.

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“There’s no point sitting around feeling sorry for yourself,’ Postecoglou said. “There’s another game in two weeks. We’ve just got to get ready for that. It’s not the first time it’s happened to us and it won’t be the last.

“It’s part of our growth. Sometimes that growth is painful. That’s part of it and you’ve just got to embrace it, use it and get ready for the next challenge.”

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With the North London Derby on the horizon, Arsenal are in an impressive run of form in the Premier League, having won ten out of their last eleven matches in 2024. Mikel Arteta’s men will hope to reclaim top spot when they welcome Aston Villa to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. 

Arsenal are fighting for big honours this season in the Premier League and Champions League. Having drawn the quarter-final first leg clash with Bayern Munich, Arteta knows how important the next few fixtures are for the club if they are to continue their quest to win the double this season.

Speaking on Friday ahead of the clash with Aston Villa, Arteta said: “We can be in all competitions, going into the semi-finals of the Champions League and be top of the Premier League, or not. Every game is going to define what our future looks like.

“It is the only thing possible to look at one day and one game. It is the only thing that is possible because it’s the only thing that maintains your focus and determines the tasks that you have to do on the day, which is the only thing that you can control.

“It’s the job that we live. 15 minutes [after] we finished against Luton, I was watching Brighton in my office in the stadium. It’s like this because you don’t have time. You have to prepare and you’re onto the next one.”

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