Just a game into his new job and the difference between Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham and Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal is chalk and cheese.
What’s the story?
Whilst the Gunners started off life in the new season with a 2-0 defeat away to Brentford, Spurs defeated Manchester City.
The Lilywhites put in a sensational performance as they won their first game of the new campaign. Heung-Min Son was on hand to give Nuno his first win as Tottenham manager.
Spurs were enthralling as they mixed high energy football at both ends of the pitch. The pacey Tanganga was more for a match for Raheem Sterling, whilst Son, Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwin ran Pep Guardiola’s defence ragged.
Meanwhile, it was a case of same old Arsenal as their defensive game was littered with mistakes.
First, Calum Chambers failed to clear the ball, from which Sergio Canos struck the opener. Then the team failed to deal with a long throw from which Christian Norgaard scored.
How has Nuno got Tottenham firing so early whilst Arteta has Arsenal stuttering?
As mentioned above, the difference between the two sides could not be more different.
Nuno has his men playing with no fear.
Rarely ever has a team left three attackers up field against the Citizens and succeeded. But, that’s exactly what the former Wolves manager trialled and was successful with.
His tactics are clear for all to see. Nuno has made the defence stout and resolute, as the team won with an xG of just 1.06 compared to City’s 2.24.
Compare that to Arteta’s men.
Sluggish, second to every ball and failing to break down defences.
Everything is going wrong for a man, who has been in charge for over 18 months.
The club be worried. Especially with their noisy neighbours showing them up after just one game under a new coach.