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Mikel Arteta sends intimidating message to Tottenham ahead of North London Derby

Mikel Arteta has expressed his appreciation for the demanding schedule his team has faced ahead of Sunday’s north London derby

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has expressed his appreciation for the demanding schedule his team has faced ahead of Sunday’s highly anticipated north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.

Despite facing a flurry of fixtures, Arteta remains upbeat, stating the benefits of the packed calendar in preparing his squad for the crucial clash.

Arsenal will step onto the pitch at Tottenham’s stadium for their eighth game of the month, a stark contrast to their opponents who enter the derby following a 14-day break. 

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Reflecting on their recent matches, including a disappointing Champions League exit to Bayern Munich and a setback against Aston Villa, Arteta remains optimistic, citing the invaluable experience gained from their rigorous schedule.

“I love the fact that we played four games,” Arteta remarked. “We had some great experiences. It’s been a really demanding week. We had some great results in the last two. That’s boosted the confidence of everybody. We’re in a good place.”

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Undeterred by the challenges posed by Tottenham, currently one of their fiercest rivals, Arteta exudes confidence in his team’s readiness for the encounter. “What I can tell you is the boys are going to be fully ready on Sunday to go to play against a great opponent,” he affirmed. “That is going to make things very difficult for us, and we are going to have to be very good to beat them.”

Sitting atop the Premier League standings, albeit with a narrow one-point lead over Manchester City, Arteta acknowledges the significance of the upcoming fixture and the atmosphere it promises. “We played there a few times already and it’s a great place to play football,” he remarked.

While acknowledging the historical significance of past encounters, notably the Invincibles’ title-winning draw at Tottenham 20 years ago, Arteta is focused on creating a new narrative for his team. 

“Well, I understand that, but that’s not going to happen mathematically, even if we do win it,” he conceded. “It’s about making our own history now.”

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