Tomorrow sees the Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur in what will prove to be an interesting battle. Arsenal are currently second in the Premier League while Tottenham are 3 points behind in fifth. Arsenal have won 9 and drawn 1 of their last 10 games, while Tottenham have won 4, drawn 4 and lost 2 of their last 10. So the in form team of the moment are Arsenal.
But despite Tottenham and their struggles, it’s easy to forget that they’re only 3 points behind us in the league.
Anything can happen in a derby, although Arsenal’s record at home against Tottenham as we all know, is excellent.
We always manage to score in North London Derbies and with Giroud, Sanchez, Özil, Walcott and even Oxlade-Chamberlain amongst the goals of late, we shouldn’t struggle for goals.
But as they say, there’s nothing worse than playing against a wounded animal and Tottenham are that at the moment. They had a disappointing defeat at “home” in the Champions League midweek, and only picked up 3 points from their last 4 league games. So expect them to sit deep and try and get us in the break – a tactic which is Arsenal’s achilles heel.
It’s just a fact that Tottenham over the last few seasons have developed into a very good team and have certainly improved from being the great pretenders to a side which has real aspirations of winning major honours. Even though we still finished above them in the Premier League last season, they were the ones pushing Leicester City the hardest last year.
Tottenham will be hell bent on making sure they don’t lose another game and hitting us on the break will be a dangerous tactic to face. Even though Arsenal have been flying recently I just can’t see Tottenham giving us any space in behind and they will be threat on the counter attack.
For me, they will suffocate Arsenal and the game will finish 1-1.