'Good option': Conte hints Spurs player with just 1 start in 22/23 could be in XI v Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has hinted that Yves Bissouma could potentially start against Arsenal on Saturday.
Spurs are gearing up for one of the most highly-anticipated North London derbies in years in the first Premier League game after the international break.
Tottenham, third in the table, could leapfrog Arsenal at the summit and stay there until Sunday at least.
Under Conte, Spurs tend to play in a 3-4-3 formation, while the Gunners usually go for a 4-2-3-1.
However, Tottenham switched to a three-man midfield against Leicester, to great effect.
Bissouma was brought on for Dejan Kulusevski in the 70th minute, and he broke up play superbly.
On Thursday, football.london‘s Alasdair Gold asked Conte whether he considered a three-man midfield against Arsenal.
“For sure it could be a good option because we have midfielders who are good also to play in a three,” he replied.
“Bissouma when he came in against Leicester played well and he was really good integrating with Pierre [Emile-Hojbjerg] and Rodrigo Bentancur.
“This could be an option not only for tomorrow but for the future if we need to rest players, especially when you have this type of situation as happened when Kulusevski has this injury. Could be an option.”
Bissouma joined Tottenham from Brighton this summer, and Conte has used him sporadically in the early stages of the season.
The 26-year-old has seven appearances under his belt for Spurs, but just one was a start.
Conte previously said Bissouma was ‘struggling’ tactically, but now it looks as though he might have changed his mind.
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