Tottenham strikers among 'most special in Europe', claims Mikel Arteta

Tottenham strike force ‘one of the most special in Europe’, claims Mikel Arteta… and adds his Arsenal side could find it ‘very difficult’ to stop Harry Kane and Co in Sunday’s north London derby

  • Harry Kane and Son Heung-min set a goal combinations record last weekend 
  • Wales’ Gareth Bale has also scored two goals in his last two top-flight games 
  • Mikel Arteta admits his Arsenal side are up against it given Tottenham’s attack
  • The two sides face each other on Sunday in the latest north London derby 

Tottenham are blessed with one of the ‘most special’ attacking forces in Europe, according to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.

The north London rivals will do battle once again on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium following Europa League victories for Spurs and the Gunners against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos respectively.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min set a new Premier League goal combinations record of 14 last weekend against Crystal Palace, while Gareth Bale has netted two goals in each of his last two top-flight games. 

Tottenham have one of the ‘most special’ attacking forces in Europe, according to Mikel Arteta

Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Gareth Bale have all been in fine goalscoring form for Spurs

Jose Mourinho’s men have scored more than 100 goals across all competitions this season, and opposite number Arteta admits his side will have to cut out the silly mistakes that have plagued them this calendar year in particular. 

‘It’s very difficult because the level of quality, precision, understanding and chemistry that they have between them makes them probably one of the most special ones in Europe,’ Arteta said after his side’s 3-1 win in Piraeus.

‘They don’t need much. They are able to create their own chances, they are able to link as a team. 

‘So it is really difficult to do that, but we will prepare the game well to try to stop them obviously.’

And Arsenal boss Arteta insists his side will find it difficult to contain Jose Mourinho’s attack

Arteta’s men have conceded 14 goals since the start of 2021, exactly half of which have come directly from defensive errors, including the two they have let in over the past week.

Granit Xhaka’s attempted pass at Burnley was intercepted and directed home by Chris Wood, before Dani Ceballos was caught in possession for Youssef El-Arabi to beat an out-of-position Bernd Leno in Greece on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Kane – who Mourinho hopes will be fit for the derby after needing ice on his knee following a knock against Dinamo Zagreb – scored a double in their Europa League last 16 first leg against the Croatian side, taking his tally to 26 goals in all competitions this season along with his 16 assists.

Strike partner Son has netted 18 strikes and recorded as many assists as Kane, while Bale has also reached double figures for goals this term. 

Tottenham have scored more than 100 goals across all competitions so far this season

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