Conte succeeded Nuno Espirito Santo as head coach in November and is making an attempt to take Spurs again into the Champions League by securing their first top-four end since 2019.
Arsenal’s absence from the competitors is longer, having failed to qualify for the Champions League in the previous 5 years, however they’re having fun with a revival underneath Mikel Arteta since his appointment in November 2019 after spending £140 million on 5 new signings final summer season.
Conte is pushing Spurs to make related strikes in the January switch market. ESPN reported final week that the Italian is prepared to half with six gamers this month and has identified Wolves winger Adama Traore as his first potential signing.
With only one place and two factors separating Arsenal and Spurs, who’ve two video games in hand, Conte mentioned: “They’re working, they’ve began to work and construct one thing vital. They had extra time than us and Arteta has the likelihood to work with the gamers for a pair of years, additionally to go in the switch market.
“I feel they’re doing a very good job in this second. Maybe for that reason they’re forward in the venture than us as a result of they began earlier with the identical coach. Now they’re having good outcomes. Arsenal is a extremely good crew. But we would like to perceive, to play this sort of recreation and know the way a lot we’re enhancing from the final interval.”
The recreation could also be in doubt, nonetheless, as sources have instructed ESPN that Arsenal are in contact with the Premier League to focus on participant availability for Sunday’s recreation with Martin Odegaard out due to COVID-19 and a raft of accidents compounding the absences of Mohamed Elneny, Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the Africa Cup of Nations. Further testing was due to happen on Friday.