Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Preview

The North London Derby has come around again before we know it. The most eagerly anticipated match for both clubs, the fixture that all fans look out for, it’s Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs come into this game off the back of a torrid defeat handed by Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United. Spurs were not at the races that game which has caused some concern in corners of certain Spurs fans heading into the North London Derby. Without any real penetration, Spurs couldn’t break down a resolute Newcastle side. Lots of side-to-side passing frustrated the Spurs fans and they’ll want a swift turnaround against Arsenal this Sunday.

Arsenal also suffered a defeat in their previous fixture. They lost 3-1 to a rampant Liverpool side spearheaded by Mo Salah. This defeat highlighted Arsenal’s defensive frailties as Unai Emery’s team still look a work in progress. They did, however, muster up a few chances at the other end of the pitch as Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all threatened the Liverpool goal so that’s something Spurs will have to be wary about in this fixture.

Both teams will want to avenge their latest losses in what’s always a fantastic game of Premier League football. Neither Arsenal nor Spurs will want to head into the international break after a loss so the atmosphere is sure to be rocking.

The match between Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday 1st September is being broadcast live on Sky Sports and is a 4.30pm kick-off.

Team News

Spurs are hit with injuries for this game. Kyle Walker-Peters has picked up a thigh strain along with record signing Tanguy Ndombele. Question marks surrounding Ben Davies’ fitness could cause a selection headache for Mauricio Pochettino. Dele Ali, Juan Foyth and Ryan Sessegnon are still out injured too.

Arsenal have a few injury concerns. Mesut Ozil is still out with, erm, an illness and whilst Rob Holding as returned to first-team training, he won’t feature at the weekend. Full-backs Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are still out injured and won’t play. Lacazette is expected to return to the starting eleven.

Last Time They Met

The last time these two met, it was Spurs 1-1 Arsenal (Wembley Stadium, March 2019) thanks to goals from Aaron Ramsey and a penalty from Harry Kane. The game ended Spurs’ record period without drawing a game, having either won or lost their previous 33 fixtures with their last draw coming against Brighton & Hove Albion in April 2018. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a first half penalty saved by Hugo Lloris.

Spurs’ record against Arsenal stands at 64 wins, 52 draws and 82 losses.

Managers Thoughts

Mauricio Pochettino after the defeat to Newcastle: “We arrived in the last third dominating the ball but from there we needed more from our individual talent to break down their organisation. Today, we tried, collectively I think we had 37 crosses, but we didn’t connect. It’s difficult. We need to be more aggressive and we need to keep going.

“That is football. The opponent had a lot of criticism after Norwich, but they came here and they were more aggressive than us, that is true. Not better, but more aggressive, for sure.”

On Arsenal: “We need to be strong, positive. We have one week to work and for sure, we’ll arrive in a good way.”

Unai Emery: “The intensity was very important but they are also going to try to play with their identity and we need to impose our gameplan against them, knowing it’s going to be difficult. We need to look at our positioning offensively and defensively. Above all, we need to play each ball, each metre, each minute with that intensity.

After, we need to be clever when we have the ball and are in good situations to make the difference against them. Also, I think it’s a very, very big challenge for us and it’s a very, very good moment, a good match and the possibility of winning against them on Sunday gives a chance for good success.”

How We See It

It’s going to be a close game, with neither time wanting to show their cards first. We expect a bit of chess match with maybe one goal proving decisive. A win for Spurs would give them a huge boost going into the international break so we’re going Arsenal 0-1 Spurs.

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