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Martin Keown tells Arsenal to watch out for Tottenham duo who do 'such an underrated job' today
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Martin Keown tells Arsenal to watch out for Tottenham duo who do 'such an underrated job' today

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has praised Tottenham Hotspur midfield duo Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur ahead of Saturday’s North London derby.

The Gunners host Spurs at the Emirates Stadium in the day’s early Premier League kickoff.

Arsenal and Tottenham are both flying high this season, and one will end the match top of the league.

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Mikel Arteta’s charges currently top the table, but a win for Spurs would see them leapfrog Arsenal at the summit.

Ahead of the game, Keown shared his combined Arsenal / Tottenham XI in the Daily Mail.

The Highbury icon’s last North London XI, back in May, consisted of just Arsenal players.

This was to ensure he didn’t take anything away from his team, he said.

The Gunners ended up losing 3-0, so this time, Keown has tried a different tack.

And as far as the combined midfield is concerned, the Arsenal legend acknowledged it “belongs to Tottenham”.

Keown said: “Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. These two do such an underrated job for Conte in the engine room and have gelled brilliantly.”

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Hojbjerg and Bentancur have been mainstays of Antonio Conte’s side since the latter’s arrival in January.

The Denmark international last missed a Premier League game in February, a 2-0 home loss to Wolves.

And since Spurs’ 3-2 win over Manchester City at the Etihad a week later, Conte’s hardmen have started 20 of 22 league games together.

Their record in those other 20 is 15 wins, two draws and three losses.

Midfield will be a key area, and it remains to be seen whether Tottenham will opt for 3-4-3 or 3-5-2.

But Hojbjerg and Bentancur will not make it easy for the Gunners.

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