The Gunners boss is set to face the press ahead of his side’s crucial Premier League clash with Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Mikel Arteta is set to face the press ahead of Arsenal’s crucial North London Derby with Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Gunners go into Thursday night’s clash knowing that they have the chance to secure Champions League qualification for next season.
Should they win away for the first time since Tottenham changed to their new ground then it would open up an unassailable seven point lead over fifth place with just two games remaining.
With four victories in a row Arsenal come into this game in a good run of form but as the old cliche goes that tends to be thrown out of the window on derby days.
Arteta may have to do without Ben White who is facing a late fitness test in order to be available for this one after missing the wins over West Ham and Leeds with a tight hamstring.
Eddie Nketiah will be available though and the Gunners will be hoping he can celebrate his decision to select Ghana at international level by continuing his good run in front of goal.
You can hear everything Arteta has to say on all those topics with football.
London ‘s Arsenal writers Kaya Kaynak, Chris Wheatley and Tashan Deniran-Alleyne in our live blog below.
A big talking point heading into this one is how Mikel Arteta should set his team up.
Does he concentrate on the four-point gap and go defensive? Or should the Spaniard treat it like any other match and go there to get all three points?
London writers have had their say on what they think he should do to hopefully make his job slightly easier.
The first meeting between Mikel Arteta and Antonio Conte will be one of the most important north London derbies in recent memory.
Arsenal will guarantee Champions League football with a victory, and Spurs realistically need one of their own to keep the pressure on their rivals.
With that being said, we thought we’d get the thoughts of our resident Arsenal and Tottenham experts to see where they think the points will be going come full time on Thursday evening.
Good afternoon and welcome along to live coverage of Mikel Arteta’s press conference ahead of the North London Derby.
The Arsenal manager certainly has many topics on his agenda this afternoon, from Ben White’s fitness, Eddie Nketiah’s contract and of course, the big game against Tottenham where a top-four finish could be confirmed.
Stick with us as we build up to Arteta previewing the North London Derby.