Sunday’s match at Watford could be dubbed ‘the London Colney derby’, such is the proximity of our training ground with the Hornets’.
Sitting next door to each other creates an intriguing dynamic and Mikel Arteta said he wants to explore ways to create a strong bond between the two clubs.
“I had some friends from my time [as a player] and it’s very easy because after training you just crash into each other with your cars!” the boss said.
“I think it’s great. I think that relationship should be stronger and stronger and for example, Edu has done some work on that to build those relationships because we are close I think we can help each other in many ways as well. I think it’s a possible thing.”
But for now it’s all business as we look to get one over Watford, now managed by Roy Hodgson. So what will the former England manager bring to his new side?
“Very solid, very organised, very clear in how they want to approach the match and what they want to take from the match,” Arteta added.
“We have to obviously do what we have planned and take the game in a completely different direction and that will be the challenge.
“It’s a great stadium with a great atmosphere, everything is tight and you know what you’re going to experience there.”