Jesus and Richarlison go head-to-head in a fiery north London derby while Arteta and Conte unleash Brazilian hotheads

BRAZIL strike rivals Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison are unleashed for a top-flight derby in north London.

Boss Mikel Arteta refuses to rein in Arsenal’s £45m hitman Jesus in tonight’s crunch clash.

Spurs boss Antonio Conte reckons Richarlison will line up against Arsenal

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Spurs boss Antonio Conte reckons Richarlison will line up against ArsenalCredit: GETTY
Mikel Arteta will not try to contain Gabriel Jesus despite his yellow cards

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Mikel Arteta will not try to contain Gabriel Jesus despite his yellow cardsPhoto credit: Getty

While opposite number Antonio Conte says Spurs ace Richarlison will show no fear in his Derby debut.

The Samba Boys’ battle for Brazil’s number 9 shirt at the World Cup kicks into gear at midday – the victor ending the day at the top of the Premier League.

Exuberant Jesus has been cautioned four times this season and another yellow card will result in a suspension for next week’s home game against Liverpool.

But Arteta said: “It’s a thin balance with Gabby. It’s in his nature to play like that.

“He gets a lot of contact and puts his foot and body at risk in every situation. He was a bit unlucky with some yellow cards he had.

“We couldn’t prevent some of them because they were a bit disciplined, but we definitely want to avoid that.

“This is by far the finest game of the season for what it means to our fans.

“So it’s about finding the right balance between emotion and playing with clarity in the brain.

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“I can’t wait to experience the atmosphere at this game in the Emirates. I’m so excited about it.”

Arteta is driven by the bitter memory of Arsenal – the current leaders of the Prem – reduced to ten men the last time they faced Spurs.

That 3-0 away defeat in May helped Conte’s side to last place in the Champions League after Rob Holding was red for multiple fouls on Son Heung-min.

Arteta was unhappy with Tottenham’s behavior that day. He said: “Someone has to control this – and it’s certainly not us. I can’t do it.”

Unbeaten Spurs boss Conte is certain £50m star Richarlison can thrive in the fiery atmosphere.

The Italian said: “He’s not scared. He is a player who shows great commitment at every moment, including in training.

It’s a tight balance with Gabby. It’s in his nature to play like that.

Arteta on Jesus

“But the first thing I see about him is that he’s not scared. He’s not afraid of anyone.

“Not because of the atmosphere, the noise. He’s really strong. It’s difficult to play against him because he’s not scared.”

Jesus, 25, has been struggling on a leash for the past two weeks after being left out of Brazil’s squad by coach Tite for the friendlies against Ghana and Tunisia.

Richarlison struck three times in those games to see off his north London rivals in a bid for a World Cup spot.

Arteta said: “Gabby is incredibly humble so he accepted the decision and the way he’s been training for the past two weeks has been just ‘OK, I have to do more.’

“He really wants to be at the World Cup.”

Conte added: “We’re talking about two amazing No 9s. Tite is lucky.

“Because you can count on two fantastic strikers.”

“With players like that, you’re ready to go into the World Cup with great ambition.”

Conte reckons Arsenal are mentally stronger now.

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He said: “They have made good signings, particularly Jesus and Oleks Zinchenko from Manchester City, both of whom are used to winning.

“I can see that they have improved the level. Not just the quality, but also the mentality at Arsenal.”

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