Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has offered Mikel Arteta advice on how Arsenal can beat Antonio Conte’s Tottenham in the crucial north London derby on Thursday.
Victory for the Mikel Arteta’s side will seal a top-four finish and Champions league qualification for the first time in five years.
The Gunners haven’t won away at Spurs since 2014 but a draw would be a good result as it would retain their four-point cushion over their rivals with just two Premier League games remaining.
It’s a huge game for both sides and Fabregas – who played under and won the title under Conte at Chelsea – has told Arteta what he believes Arsenal must do to get the better of the Italian.
Fabgregas told LondonWorld: “I’m sure Mikel analyses the opponent very well, but Arsenal will need a lot of intensity if they’re going to win this game.
“I know exactly how Antonio works. I know this methodology very well.
“If I was a coach, I could get by managing with all that he showed me in the two years I worked with him. Spurs are very well structured. They use the wing-backs very high. They are intense and a little bit like Arsenal. They try to build up from the back to draw the opponent out.
“Tottenham have world-class players upfront as well in [Heung-min] Son, [Harry] Kane and [Dejan] Kulusevski. Last weekend against Liverpool, they gave them a game. If you’re going to beat a Conte team, you’ll need to be very well structured.”
Meanwhile, on whether his side have extra motivation because it’s a north London derby, Arteta told a press conference: “No the message is clear. If we win we are in the Champions League next season. They don’t need more motivation than that. The opportunity is there.
“The message is clear. If we win against them, we are in the Champions League next season.
“We will go to play and we will go for it as we always do. It’s how we’ve got into this position so it’s how we will approach it.”