Dundalk manager comments on preparing to face Arsenal boss Arteta tonight

Sam Preston October 29, 2020
Dundalk manager comments on preparing to face Arsenal boss Arteta tonight
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Dundalk manager Filippo Giovagnoli is preparing to try and pull off a shock at the Emirates Stadium tonight.

As per the Evening Standard, he has shared one of his techniques to try and see what his opposite number, Mikel Arteta, is about, ahead of the match.

Giovangnoli has been studying interviews with the Spaniard to try and bridge the gap ahead of their Europa League clash.

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“I watched a long interview with him because I wanted to know who he is, what he is trying to do and what he is trying to express to his players,” the Italian said of Arteta.

“Big merit to them for the work that they are doing. It is quite obvious that there is a heavyweight boxer against a super-lightweight so we will just have to try and make them run and uncomfortable a little bit.

“Everything in this game is obvious – the difference, the quality – so let’s make the passion something maybe bigger in our side.”

Arsenal are expected to swat aside their Irish opponents, but Dundalk will be fired up to try and get a famous result.

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An empty stadium should level the playing field to a small degree, or at least make the ask slightly less intimidating.

Arteta has worked on Arsenal’s discipline, intensity and defensive work since his appointment, and will try and keep his side’s standards high tonight.

With a little bit of luck, and keeping the game tight for as long as possible, Dundalk have a chance of getting the result.

Time will tell whether Giovangnoli’s preparation methods work.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.