Mikel Arteta has admitted to Football London that he’s sad Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur won’t have any fans inside the latter’s ‘beautiful’ stadium on Sunday.
Both North London rivals renew hostilities this weekend for the first derby in Spurs’ £1 billion stadium.
Tottenham moved into their new home toward the end of the 2018-19 campaign but Arsenal haven’t come to town yet.
And when they do, both sets of fans are forbidden from attending due to the global health emergency.
And Arteta has admitted that he finds it disappointing that such a great arena will be without supporters on Sunday.
He said: “It’s going to be a shame because it’s such a beautiful stadium, to not have the fans there will not be the same. It will be a strange derby.”
It certainly is a shame that Tottenham fans have to wait until next season before witnessing a North London derby on their turf.
Games like these are all about the supporters; especially now given that neither club are going to qualify for the Champions League.
But with Europa League qualification still a possibility, Arteta and Spurs boss Jose Mourinho will be determined to see their sides perform despite the behind-closed-doors arrangement.