Ex-England manager makes James Maddison claim amid Ian Wright's Tottenham warning for Arsenal


Your morning Tottenham Hotspur digest on Saturday, September 23.

James Maddison claim made

Former England boss Sam Allardyce has picked Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard over Tottenham playmaker James Maddison when choosing his combined North London Derby XI. When asked to choose between the two midfielders on the No Tippy Tappy Football show, Allardyce said: "Odegaard. Hands down Odegaard. Mightily impressive last season."

Spurs travel to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon to take on the Gunners in what will be Ange Postecoglou's first taste of the derby. Both sides have started the season in fine form, accumulating 13 points from their first five Premier League matches.

Arsenal sent Richarlison warning

Ian Wright has urged Arsenal to be wary of Spurs attacker Richarlison in Sunday's North London Derby. Richarlison netted last weekend as the Lillywhites secured a 2-1 defeat against Sheffield United thanks to two goals in injury time, the first of which came from the Brazil international.

Speaking about the former Everton frontman, Gunners legend Wright told Optus Sport, "You’re looking at a team now that is a very confident and a player up front who if he can now throw in 10, 12 goals which he’s easily capable of doing Richarlison now his head’s clear and everything – they’re going to cause people problems.

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"He [Richarlison] seems to have stopped the noise in his head, the manager's given him time out of it and brought him in and eased him into and now he feels more at ease."

Read more here.

Postecoglou gives play-style verdict

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou has revealed that he will continue to set up his side in an attacking manner for this weekend's clash away to Arsenal. When asked if he will play on the front foot at the Emirates, the Australian replied: "Well, there is no other reason that we play this football than to be successful, so if I didn't think we would be successful I wouldn't play it.

"From my perspective, I have often said I don't set up my teams to play football that is nice to watch. I set up my team to play football that will win.

"You have to believe in that against all oppositions, in all kinds of circumstances. There are always tweaks that happen because the opposition will force you to adjust certain parts of your game, but the underlying principles of the kind of team we want to be, no I will not shy away from it now because we're facing a good team.

"We have to go out there and challenge ourselves to play the football we have so far against one of the teams that will be challenging for the title."

Read Postecoglou's full press conference transcript here.

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