I'd rather play for Ange Postecoglou at Tottenham than Mikel Arteta at Arsenal - this is why

Mikel Arteta and Ange Postecoglou
Pascal Chimbonda would rather play for Ange Postecoglou than Mikel Arteta -Credit:HENRY NICHOLLS/AFP via Getty Images

In 15 attempts Pascal Chimbonda only won twice against Arsenal. When playing for Tottenham that number was just one from nine.

The recent record of six wins in 15 is certainly stronger but it has been nearly two years since the last Spurs victory in North London Derbies. That was a huge 3-0 with both sides going for fourth spot and Champions League qualification.

The 2-2 draw earlier this season was one of the most entertaining, and at the time anticipated with Ange Postecoglou's side top of the table at the end of September. Now, the stakes are even bigger.

Defeat for either side would be a monumental blow to their aspirations of lifting the Premier League or securing a top-four spot place. Missing out for both managers would be just more than losing bragging rights.

Even if the gap between the teams in terms of points is larger than Tottenham would like, coming from a comprehensive set of results in these fiery derby clashes last season, there has been great improvement. With an exciting style of football and new blood added to the squad, Postecoglou has won the hearts of many.

Claiming a win over Arsenal would be perhaps his biggest scalp to date, though, having already managed a thrilling point away to Manchester City. Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, is seeking to get past the ferocious atmosphere and into a position to extend the lead at the top of the table.

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Chimbonda knows who he would rather represent though. Speaking at Ladbrokes Fanzone's North London Derby mural, he admitted, "I think that, of the two managers, I'd rather play for Ange Postecoglou."

The former Blackburn and Wigan man added: "You know, as an ex-Spurs player, I wouldn't want to go and play for Arsenal! I know how fierce that rivalry is and I don't want to lose any Spurs fans! Plus, I think, Postecoglou gives you that freedom on the pitch to go out and enjoy the game, so I'd rather play for him."