Mikel Arteta and Arsenal replicated a new Pep Guardiola Man City tactic vs Tottenham – Football.London

Arsenal’s display against Tottenham was nothing short of dominant and in recent memory no performance comes close.

In the first battle of the season, the Gunners won it on the pitch and in the dugout as well. During the 35 minute annihilation, new ways and transitions of attacks came to the fore spearheaded by Martin Odegaard, whilst Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka stole the headlines for their roles in the win.

Arteta’s side was praised for their defensive resilience, flooding of the midfield and ruthless attack and it seems like it is a changing of the guard, Pep Guardiola‘s philosophy which rubbed off on the Spanish manager during his time as number two to the Champions League and Premier League-winning manager.

There has almost been a shift across the pitch tactically and positionally seeing a previously passive Arsenal, sometimes to their own downfall lacking ideas, now build their attacks and in Sunday’s case running their opponents ragged.

The win over Nuno Espirito Santo’s side saw a different, new adaptation of the Arsenal Way with a slight tint of Guardiola on it as they invited the Spurs press and utilised the open space on the opposite side, a method that Smith Rowe, Aubameyang and Saka reaped the rewards of.

“It does remind me of Pep Guardiola, we do know Arteta kind of learned his trade as Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City,” Football Scouting Writer Josh Williams said on the Analysing Arsenal show.

“I think Guardiola has maybe been the leading force behind the whole enticing the opposition to one side of the pitch, switching to the opposite side and finishing the move on the opposite.



Mikel Arteta's Pep-inspired tactics are slowly starting to work at Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta’s Pep-inspired tactics are slowly starting to work at Arsenal after dominating Spurs in the North London derby on Sunday.

“I think they originally got the idea and I read his book and I’m pretty sure it came from playing chess with Magnus Carlsen or someone of that ilk.

“This is one quote I’ve picked up from him: ‘move the opponent not the ball, invite the opponent to press, you have the opponent on one side to finish on the other’.

“I think throughout Arteta’s time at Arsenal it seems to be a deliberate ploy that he has tried to instill in his team, it hasn’t been a consistent presence but maybe moving forward, Arsenal have got a regular first eleven now it seems and players are available and that sort of stuff, maybe we’ll see it more often moving forward for Arsenal.”

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The outstanding performances of the 11 on Sunday may very well be a sign of things to come, with Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu leading the plaudits as Arteta made just one change from the win at Burnley for Sunday’s North London derby.

Whilst Arsenal didn’t test Hugo Lloris to the extent of Tim Krul just 15 days earlier, the fluidity of the attacking play contributed to the domination at the Emirates Stadium.

The Arsenal Way writer and presenter, Tom Canton, noted: “What we saw was this quick use of space across the field. In particular, how they start an attack in the seventh minute of the game on the right, Tomiyasu has the option as we might’ve seen Arsenal do previously last season when they were passive, just simply go back to Saka.



Takehiro Tomiyasu was voted Arsenal's Man of the Match against Spurs.
Takehiro Tomiyasu was voted Arsenal’s Man of the Match for his display against Spurs and played a key role in the win.

“He doesn’t, he utilises the space and finds [Thomas] Partey who utilises more space to the left and finds Odegaard who plays the ball to Emile Smith Rowe before that leads to a cross from Kieran Tierney, who you guessed it, has played into space for the opportunity.

“Interestingly about Arsenal and the way they attacked the game, against Spurs they didn’t have clear chances and attacks on goal but the spread of attacks and the efficiency of those attacks was quite balanced in the way there was seven on the right, six on the left and five down the middle.”

One performance doesn’t always tell the full tale but with Mikel Arteta a good way into his Arsenal tenure, after a stuttering start, the implementation of his philosophy – with shades of the serial winning Manchester City manager – is starting to show, with the side gelling a potential sign of things to come.

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