Arsenal vs Tottenham LIVE Match Score 1 Oct 2022
Arsenal are leading the pack going into this one after a fantastic season that has seen them win six games out of seven – their only loss coming at the hands of Manchester United – while Tottenham are third and just a point behind their rivals after a so-far unbeaten campaign. Mikel Arteta’s men have come a long way since they were pipped to a top four spot by Spurs in May, having lost 3-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a crucial match, before going on to another defeat at Newcastle, a result that sealed their fate of enduring yet another season without Champions League football.
The Gunners will be hungry to rectify that painful loss and they have the personnel to hit Spurs where it hurts after being galvanised by Arteta this season – and with a new look side of solid signings. Gabriel Jesus has come in and been an instant hit – netting four goals and providing three assists in his first seven matches. He’s linked up well with a revitalised Gabriel Martinelli, while Bukayo Saka has impressed on the wing.
Arsenal have also strengthened with the signings of Oleksandr Zinchenko at left-back, midfielder Fabio Vieira – and the returning William Saliba at centre-back feels like a new signing to provide more steel at the back for a previously shaky side. It’s Jesus that will provide the biggest threat to Spurs after his £45m move from Man City as Arteta looks to counter the menace posed by Tottenham’s dangerous frontline of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski – and their new signing Richarlison thrown into the mix.
The Brazilian forward – a rival to Jesus in the national team – has been a hit for Spurs since joining from Everton for £60m, scoring two and providing two assists despite being forced to compete for a starting spot, but his fiery personality and reputation as a wind-up merchant could also come into play as well. He infuriated Nottingham Forest by performing kick-ups during a 2-0 win at the City Ground and that kind of behaviour would certainly spice things up a bit at the Emirates.
Richarlison joins some big personalities set to be on the pitch this Saturday lunchtime, including Granit Xhaka and Son – who have both been involved in bust-ups and altercations in previous derbies. Arsenal will be wary of underestimating Spurs, who haven’t looked like world-beaters this season with some questionable displays, yet they are still yet to taste defeat and the home side will be hoping to change that come Saturday. Conte’s side have managed to grind out results – salvaging a last-minute point against rivals Chelsea when defeat looked inevitable – and they’re currently on a run of four wins in five, the last of which was a 6-2 demolition of Leicester.
The international break is finally over and club football is set to return this weekend as Arsenal take on Tottenham Hotspur in the North London Derby. It’s been a mixed couple of weeks from an Arsenal perspective who saw their England players in particular grapple with Gareth Southgate ‘s controversial decisions. Ben White was left out of the squad all together, while Aaron Ramsdale was included but strangely failed to play a minute and Bukayo Saka started the Nations League match against Italy at left wing back before enjoying an impressive cameo in his preferred right wing position against Germany.
Elsewhere Martin Odegaard returned from a calf injury that kept him out of the win over Brentford to play in both matches for Norway but there are fitness concerns over some of the other members of the squad. Kieran Tireney, Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu all left international duty early, while Oleksandr Zinchenko was not fit enough to travel away in the first place. All four players’ fitness issues were spoken about in football.london ‘s new The Arsenal Way podcast.
In the show Arsenal writers Kaya Kaynak and Bailey Keogh also discussed how an injury to Spurs’ winger Dejan Kulusevski might affect Mikel Arteta ‘s selection for the big match as well as how William Saliba and Gabriel Jesus might get on in their first North London Derbies. Light the blue touchpaper, it’s time for the North London Derby again. But this time there’s an extra layer of spice, with both sides at the top end of the table ahead of their highly anticipated clash.
So while it’s still early days, both sides are on song and it’s possibly the strongest both sides have been ahead of a North London Derby in the Premier League era.
In previous years – certainly at the beginning of the top flight’s inception, Arsenal were the pace-setters and regularly challenging for the title and top four spots, while Spurs were languishing in mid-table for many years.
The North London derby is always a huge occasion, but Saturday’s meeting between Arsenal and Tottenham is shaping up to be even bigger than normal. Mikel Arteta’s side go into the game sitting top of the Premier League after an impressive start to the season, but they are only one point above their unbeaten neighbours.
Tottenham know, then, that victory at Emirates Stadium – a ground where they haven’t won in the league since 2010 – will see them move above their bitter rivals.
Observing the two managers on Saturday might be as interesting as watching what is happening on the pitch.
As much as they might try and play it down, there is clearly going to be some animosity bubbling away under the surface when it comes to Mikel Arteta and Antonio Conte.
The Spurs boss was clearly angered by Arteta the last time the sides met, hitting out at his counterpart after the game following Arteta’s complaints about some of the decisions that went against his side.
“Mikel Arteta is doing a really good job but I listened to him complain a lot,” Conte said after Tottenham’s 3-0 win in May. “I think he has to be focused more on his team and not complaining.
“This is my advice. If he wants to take my advice it’s up to him. I don’t care. In six months I have listened to him complaining a lot. It’s not good.”
Arteta will have certainly noted those comments and he will want to get one over the Italian this weekend.
The managers have two very different styles and the game plans they come up with for Saturday’s derby will be crucial in determining who comes out on top.
Conte got his tactics spot on against Arsenal last time out and Spurs ended up cruising to victory, albeit against a side that had to play with 10 men for nearly an hour.
Spurs will no doubt look to allow Arsenal to have a lot of the ball on Saturday and play on the counterattack, a tactic Manchester United used perfectly against Arsenal when the Gunners slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the season.
How Arteta sets his team up to cope with that threat will be key to Arsenal’s chances of a positive result.
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