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‘When you see’: Arteta shares what he notices about Tottenham ‘straight away’ when he watches them now

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has praised the identity that Antonio Conte has given Tottenham ahead of tonight’s north London derby.

The winner of tonight’s tactical battle between Arteta and Conte could decide which of Arsenal and Spurs finish in the Premier League top four.

Conte has turned Tottenham’s season around. They were drifting under Nuno Espirito Santo, while Arteta has ridden some ups and downs to get the race for fourth into his own hands.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the bumper clash, Arteta said that Tottenham’s style is now immediately obvious under Conte now.

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“When you see you the team you can straight away tell who the coach is,” said Arteta of Conte’s Spurs.

“It is really well defined and worked.

“He has been extremely successful and you can see the changes that he’s made at Spurs now.”

Arteta has been given time for Arsenal and his recent new contract offers the club some stability, no matter what happens tonight or for the rest of this season.

By contrast, it is not 100 per cent certain that Conte will be Spurs boss next season, and his approach is more short-term, and he tends to burn out rather than fade away.

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Neutrals would probably say that Conte is the better manager between the pair, because of his experience and success in the game.

But Arteta is building something and has shaken off many of his doubters in his first senior managerial role with so much pressure on him.

Much of this season’s success will come down to tonight’s game, which Tottenham really need to win.

They tend to look better when they play on the break so it could be a game of cat and mouse in front of what is sure to be a raucous home crowd.

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