The Premier League is back this weekend and one of the big games that fans are looking forward to is the North London Derby.
Arteta might have a few injuries to contend with after the international break, meaning he might need to get a bit more creative with his lineup and tactics when Arsenal make the short trip to Spurs on Saturday.
Arsenal currently top the table after winning six of their opening seven games, and will be hoping to keep that momentum all the way up to the World Cup. No matter what happens it’s going to be interesting to see how clubs deal with form after the World Cup, and in some ways it will feel like a new start like it does at the start of the new season after the six-week break from club football.
If Conte can get the win against Arsenal they would leapfrog them in the table, and could go top depending on how Man City get on in the Manchester derby on Sunday.
That is the other game that will attract a lot of views this weekend, as a rejuvenated Man Utd take on Man City with the main man Haaland who can’t stop scoring.
We all saw the shaky start that United had but they are in great form after beating both Liverpool and Arsenal so this could be a much closer game than we would have anticipated after the opening two games of the season.
Both managers are thinkers and they try to trick each other with their tactical setups. The only difference is that Pep has done it for a longer time on a higher level than Ten Haag has to date, so it will be great to see how he sets his team up. If he pushes Man City back, Pep will try to expose the space behind his defending line and the speed of Haaland won’t mind that.
Man Utd will also look to do the same so I look forward to seeing which team finds the right balance of how high their defensive line will sit without being vulnerable at the back.
Both teams have speed and the chess style of thinking but City are the favourites for me.
The North London Derby will also be a great test for the mental strength of Arsenal, and we’ll see how they will handle the test Conte will put out. He knows Arsenal and knows how he used to play against them. They both have a better performing team at the clubs they are at due to the work they have put in, but now it would mean a lot if they could win and see what level each of them are at compared to their arrivals. #mmlove