Ange Postecoglou has already been told how Tottenham can beat Arsenal in North London Derby


It's a big week for Ange Postecoglou and Tottenham. The Australian and his players will make the short trip across north London this weekend where they will face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Spurs are currently unbeaten in the Premier League and moral around the club is high following the 2-1 win over Sheffield United on Saturday, with the Lilywhites' goals both scored in injury-time. The Gunners are also unbeaten, with both sides sitting on 13 points and just two points behind Manchester City in first.

Form often goes out the window for a North London Derby, however, and it is perhaps Spurs' real first test of the season, although they did comfortably beat Manchester United 2-0 earlier in the campaign. James Maddison, Dejan Kulusevski and Son Heung-min will be crucial for Spurs and it is the latter who could potentially exploit Arsenal's "weakest link".

Paul Parker, who won two Premier League titles while playing in defence for United, has previously insisted that Gunners centre-back Gabriel is a player other teams should target when playing Mikel Arteta's side. The Brazilian is expected to start in the Arsenal backline and Son, if Postecoglou decides to start the South Korean up front once again, could use his pace to run in behind the former Lille man.

“In my opinion, Gabriel Magalhaes is Arsenal's weakest link," Parker told Apostagolos in January ahead of Arsenal vs Man United. "He is erratic and he is making a mistake in every single game. He is the player that Man United needs to run behind in the game if they want to stand a chance of winning the match.

“Martin Odegaard is the player that you need to stop if you want to have a chance against Arsenal. He is the best player in the Premier League right now and he must be terrible to face for every opponent.

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"I've said it before but he is one of my favourite players and the reason why Real Madrid didn't give him the opportunity to play was because of political reasons. It must have been.

“But I also have to praise Eddie Nketiah for his performances. He has been excellent and has filled the gap after Gabriel Jesus' injury amazingly well. Man Utd need to be cautious around him because he can score goals out of nothing."

Postecoglou is sure to have an idea or two up his sleeve on how to beat the Gunners and will be drilling his players in training at Hotspur Way in the days ahead. Judging by his past comments, he's certainly looking forward to his first North London Derby.

"It's a big game and whenever I get stopped in the street these days that's the first fixture people speak about, whatever side of the fence they're on," he told talkSPORT. "It should be a great game."

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