Tottenham v Arsenal – North London Derby preview

Tottenham v Arsenal – North London Derby preview
Mar 4, 2016

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Tottenham v Arsenal – Saturday 5th March 2016.

On Saturday 5th March, Tottenham take on Arsenal in the biggest North London Derby to date. Both clubs are chasing the Barclays Premier League trophy and this game could prove to be vital. It’s a must-win for both teams. Both Tottenham and Arsenal come into the game with a midweek loss in the league. Spurs lost 1-0 to an Antonio West Ham goal which Spurs struggled to get into the game whereas Arsenal suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat to Swansea. Joel Campbell put the London side ahead and former Spurs player Wayne Routledge equalized in front of the Arsenal fans. Another former Spurs player Gylfi Sigurdsson then assisted Ashley Williams’ finish from the free kick.  

During this match, Petr Cech went up for the corner in the last minute and picked up a calf injury whilst running back to goal. Arsene Wenger reported today that he will be out for up to 3-4 weeks and will miss the crucial North London Derby tomorrow. Another player Arsene Wenger reported to be out with injury and to miss the derby tomorrow is Laurent Koscielny. He has an ongoing injury and both him and Cech are out for the match. Arguably 2 of Arsenal’s most influential players in defense this season so it will be interesting to see how well they do without them.

This is my predicted line up for Tottenham tomorrow: 

I believe Walker and Rose will be brought back into the team as they didn’t feature at West Ham on Wednesday. Also, if Dembele is back fit then he will start alongside Dier as a holding midfielder with Eriksen on the left Lamela on the right and Alli behind Kane.

This is my predicted Arsenal team:

As Cech and Koscielny will not feature I believe Ospina and Gabriel will come in replacing them. I think Arsene will start Walcott ahead of Joel Campbell as it’s not his type of game plus Walcott always has the game of his life against Spurs. I reckon he will try and change things up with the strikers. I think he’ll start Welbeck ahead of Giroud and Giroud has been quiet for a while now and has not contributed in any way shape or form. Welbeck is more of a threat for Arsenal in this game.

Written by @LordPoch

  1. Spurs must win this to make us favourites for the title

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