Ahead of the North London Derby, former Premier League defender Jamie Carragher has stated that neither Arsenal nor Tottenham still holds ‘big six’ status. In general, the idea of the Premier League ‘big six’ is gone. Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool & Manchester United are moving significantly ahead of the two north London clubs.
“This Sunday’s North London derby is a reminder that the idea of a ‘big six’ in English football is outdated. We now have a big four. The worry for Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur fans is how far they have fallen behind the title contenders. And how long they will be on the outside looking in.”Jamie Carragher
The two teams have had mixed starts to the Premier League season. With Arsenal losing their first three games before picking up wins in the last two. And Tottenham winning their first three before back-to-back 3-0 defeats over the past two weekends, putting even more pressure on the manager’s shoulders ahead of this weekend’s derby.
“Although it is early in the season. The clubs’ meeting this weekend already feels massive for both managers, Mikel Arteta and Nuno Espirito Santo. It would be premature to suggest jobs are immediately on the line. What is at stake is something more important to their fans.”Jamie Carragher
Why there is already pressure on the managers
Many tend to forget that only the two Manchester clubs won more points than Arsenal between Boxing Day and the end of last season. And this is mainly because the club still finished in 8th place and missed out on European football, however, after overhauling the squad during the summer. Arteta finally has a team sculpted to his liking, which should provide Arsenal with the grounding to improve in 2022.
As for Nuno Espirito Santo, he is only a few months in at Tottenham and is yet to settle on a style of play at the club. The pressure is already mounting, given that he was not the first choice replacement for Jose Mourinho. One clear thing, the defensive style Nuno used at Wolves will not sit well with Tottenham fans.
The goal for Mikel Arteta is to have his Arsenal team deliver consistent results and performances. The goal for Nuno Espirito Santo is to find a style for this Tottenham team. And spark a return to form for Harry Kane. The minimum requirement for both managers is a return to Europa League football in 2022.