Date: 22nd September 2023 at 6:01pm
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Arsenal have had a steady start to the 2023/24 Premier League season so far, taking 13 points from a possible 15. 

Only Manchester City boast a better record with the Gunners sitting on level points with their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

With both sides enjoying positive starts to the season, it will make Sunday’s match-up all the more intriguing and competitive as both sides look to continue their good form.

There’s a feel-good factor coming from the neighbours at the moment which will no doubt play into the game and atmosphere at the Emirates.

With Spurs playing well under new manager Ange Postegcoglu, it will be interesting to see how Mikel Arteta develops a plan to overcome the Australian.

Can Arsenal overcome the challenge from Ange Postegcoglu?

We’ve all seen social media swooning over the new manager at Spurs and now would be the perfect opportunity for the Gunners to play the villain in the eyes of neutrals.

However, they have shown frailties in their games so far which can be exploited by one of the more tactically aware managers in the league in Arteta.

Most importantly, Arsenal have a better record when it comes to keeping opposition chances limited. They’ve so far conceded just 4.0 xG in the league so far which is the second lowest suggesting them to be a difficult team to break down.

The possession-based play Postegcoglu is deploying at Spurs will face its biggest test against Arsenal. Not only do the Gunners have a midfield capable of counter-pressing in high areas of the pitch, but they also boast pace and guile in wide areas that will hurt Spurs who look at their weakest in wide full-back areas.

Not only that, but the pragmatism and flexibility of Arsenal mean adapting to a derby fixture will likely suit Arteta than Postegcoglu.


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