Tottenham defender Eric Dier reckons Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is Europe’s best young manager.
The Spurs and England star was asked about Sunday’s opponents ahead of the north London derby with Jose Mourinho’s side sitting top of the Premier League table, eight points clear of their fiercest rivals.
Defeat by Wolves on Sunday has piled the pressure on Arteta, but Dier insists the Gunners are in good hands.
He told Sky Sports: “They are going through a difficult period but these games it doesn’t really matter who is where in the table.
“We know how much of a difficult game it is going to be. The position in the table is irrelevant. It’s early on in the season for both teams.
“They have a lot of quality in their team. They have a very exciting young manager. The most exciting young manager in Europe for sure. I like his way, the way it seems to be. I think they are in good hands.
“We know they have a lot of quality in their squad and we will be very aware of that on Sunday.”
Despite an impressive start to the campaign and Spurs sitting pretty at the top of the league, Dier has played down the importance of their position.
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Tottenham haven’t won the title since 1961, and Dier insists being at the summit only matters after the last game of the campaign.
“We know there is a lot of work to do, there is a lot we need to improve on,” he added.
“We need to keep moving in this direction we are going in and also understand there are going to be difficult times and be ready to handle those situations.
“It’s easy when things are going well but when things take a turn for the worse, we need to be ready to handle those situations. It only really matters who is first in May.”