We all love a North London Derby and we have been blessed with another one at the Emirates this season. I say blessing because it’s one of the games you live for as an Arsenal fan. However, we could’ve done with a game against a league one or league two side giving us the opportunity to rest key players as well as playing youngsters like Gnabry and Zelalem.
Tottenham are on a sort of revival at the moment that includes two big wins against both Southampton and Manchester United away from home. They will look to make it a third big away win and have the potential to do so.
Tim Sherwood has opted for a more attacking side in comparison to AVB and that could suit us immensely. An open 4-4-2 could give us the opportunity to create and score plenty of goals. We usually opt for the 4 midfielders which generally gives us the tactical advantage against Spurs at the Emirates. We can overload and control the game.
Sagna – Koscielny – Vermaelen – Monreal
Arteta – Wilshere
Walcott – Özil – Cazorla
It’s not the best team we can put out but it’ll have to do. Gibbs is still injured and Monreal will therefore start. Mertesacker looked tired to me and with Wenger hinting that some are so fatigued that they are on the verge of injury, I wouldn’t be surprised if we opted to bench Mertesacker for Vermaelen.
I don’t think the Arteta – Flamini partnership works well at all and I wouldn’t be surprised if Wilshere was moved back into the CM role after a good game against Cardiff mid-week. Özil should be back as he was pictured in training. He’ll be integral to a win as the increased space will be very beneficial to his style of play. Finally, I think Podolski will start as a striker again. I’m really not convinced at all with his performances there. I’d personally opt to play Walcott as a striker and maybe play Podolski on the left.
This is going to be a fairly difficult game considering Spurs are in some good form but we should have enough to beat them. 2 – 1 to the Arsenal.