Arteta’s side is adamant to close the gap to Spurs on Sunday

Sat 05 December 2020 | 9:14

The Arsenal will lock horns with their north London rivals on Sunday while sitting 14th on the Premier League table and the Spurs are eight points ahead.

Arsenal manager

Mikel Arteta

acknowledges that the Spurs have ‘done things better’ this season but is certain that his squad is prepared to close the gap on Sunday’s match against


. With only one loss, the Spurs are titleholders.


, however, have lost five of their 10 matches and sit 14th on the

Premier League


If Arsenal win Sunday’s match, they will go north the table and only five points behind

Jose Mourinho

’s side and Arteta admits all his concentration revolves around this competition.

The table is like that because they deserve it more than us and they’ve done things better than us

,” said the Spaniard.

In certain moments in certain games, they have and they have got the results. We have to accept that. But we want to go there and make that gap three points smaller.

“I think it’s very early in the season to see who is title contenders or not but what you can say is they are in the position they are because they are doing things the right way.

"They are in a great moment; they are full of confidence and you can see how much belief they have in what they do.

“When they have moments of difficulty, they stick to the plan and they believe they will get the result at some stage and at the moment it’s happening for them.

“They’ve been doing really well and that’s the reason why they are where they are


Arteta added:

“What we have to look at is where we will be after 38 games in the league. Now what is going to happen after Sunday


We go into the game to win and this is the only way we are going to prepare any game at any ground. Have the confidence and belief that we can go there and win the football match


On Sunday’s match, the fans will return to the stadium since the pandemic first hit. There will be 2,000 supporters cheering the Spurs up. But Arsenal manager does not worry about Tottenham’s advantage of having fans in the stadium and believes it to be positive.

A derby without fans is not the same

,” he said. “

There are certain things that the fans produce. The momentum they are able to give throughout the game and without them it’s not the same.

We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and I’m not going to complain. Honestly, I’d rather play in a stadium with an atmosphere, with some fans and at this moment it’s going to be for them with their supporters and the next week it will be us.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen. What I can control is our players, what we do and what mindset we have and what mindset we take to White Hart Lan


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