A stuttering Spurs head in to the biggest league match of the season against a rampant Arsenal side. Pochettino’s men will look to upset the odds and use this fixture as the ultimate springboard to get their league season back on track whilst claiming North London bragging rights. But, no matter how desolate we may feel now, remember – this is the North London Derby. Anything can happen.
Tale of The Tape:
Tottenham are without a league win in three matches and haven’t won in all competitions since the 2-0 victory over Manchester City on the 2nd of October. Following only one goal in their last three league games, Harry Kane’s likely presence on the bench will be a welcome sight to many Spurs fans, as last season’s top scorer is the best hope of solving Spurs’ goal-scoring problems.
Arsenal are in supreme form at the moment – unbeaten in 15 matches in all competitions and have won seven of their last eight in the league. Following up on an inspired comeback from 2-0 down in Bulgaria to win 3-2, thanks to a magical Mesut Ӧzil goal.
In the last six league meetings between the sides, Tottenham have won once, drawn three times, and Arsenal have been victorious twice. Spurs are unbeaten in the last four however, but have not won at The Emirates Stadium since 2010. Spurs have in fact only recorded two away league wins against Arsenal in the Premier League era.
The biggest news in this one is that Harry Kane will 100% be in the Spurs squad. Mauricio Pochettino initially said ‘it will be tough’ to start him, but in Friday’s Spurs TV interview he stated that there was ‘no risk’. The Boss has also speculated over whether Harry Winks will receive his first Premier League start at Arsenal, emulating Ryan Mason in the process. Ben Davies and Erik Lamela are out, as is Moussa Sissoko who is serving a suspension.
Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal, Kieran Gibbs and Santi Cazorla will all face late fitness tests, and summer signing Granit Xhaka may be left out as a result of his poor disciplinary record. Other than that, no huge injury concerns for Arsenal.
Predicted Arsenal XI:
Cech; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs; Coquelin, Elneny; Iwbi, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:
Lloris; Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose; Winks, Wanyama; Son, Alli, Eriksen; Janssen/Kane
Prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur