|DATE||Sunday 1st September 2013|
Spurs go into the game at Arsenal on the back of two league wins and
two league clean sheets, but in a derby game, nothing can be taken
With a number of new signings in the Spurs side, there is still an element of settling into take place and with three new players signed on Friday, they are not yet integrated fully into the team, although they have been in training for a couple of days. Therefore, Arsenal do, as Arsene Winker said, have the advantage of having a side who are more stable ... primarily as a result of not signing any players in the current transfer window. Having said that the free transfer of Mathieu Flamini from AC Milan is a master-stroke, as he looked rubbish when we played the Italian side in the Champions League in 2011.
However, Spurs have not looked as fluent as in previous seasons in their opening two games and while things may come good in the longer term, at the moment, there is still a "getting to know you" period, which may lead to some issues. But the team have looked a lot more solid in midfield and with a number of choices there, AVB has made Tottenham look a more difficult side to break down. The strength and mobility of Paulinho and Capoue (ironically a player Arsenal could have signed) has added a new dimension to the team and with their energy getting forward to support Soldado playing up top alone, there are goals to come from midfield this season.
Arsenal's main reliance on goals this season has been on Giroud and Podolski, but with the German out for ten weeks, the Gooners will be looking for others to chip in. Walcott might be one they look to as he got two in this fixture last season, but then Assou-Ekotto was exposed without a lot of cover in front of him, with the side rearranged after Adebayor's sending off. If we can keep 11 men on the pitch, it will allow them to be given a proper test and with Capoue, Sandro and Paulinho all tough tackling players, it will need a strong referee to keep player sin check against the likes of Wilshire and Ramsey, as well as some of their central defenders. Even Cazorla could have been sent off in their opening day defeat against Aston Villa. In Michael Oliver, I am not sure the ref is the one for this match.
So, with Arsenal three points behind Spurs, it means little this early in the season, so a win would be most welcome, there is still a long way to go and the future looks rosier for the whites than the reds. AVB will have made plans for this match and we can only hope that they have a chance to go as they should unlike last season.
|PREDICTION||Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1|
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HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Spurs have new signings Vlad Chiriches, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela available for the game at Arsenal as they were signed in time for the FA Premier League to register them before the cut-off time for consideration for the match. Spurs will be missing Gareth Bale with his foot injury and Aaron Lennon will be doubtful with a similar ailment. Emmanuel Adebayor and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are both out of contention for this match, with a lack of match fitness and a stomach injury respectively, so goes the official line.
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|Arsenal 1 (1) Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday 1st September 2013 Kick off 16:00
Rosicky (foul on Walker) 32
Flamini (foul on Rose) 55
Defoe (foul on Walcott) 81
|Crowd : 60,071||Weather : Warm, sunny|
|Referee : Michael Oliver (Northumberland)||Assistant Referees : Mr. J. Collin; Mr. S. Long|
|Fourth Official : Jon Moss (Leeds)||-|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the North Bank end in the first half.|
|Arsenal :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
1 Wojiek SZCZESNY
Jack WILSHIRE (20
Mathieu FLAMINI 43 )
12 Olivier GIROUD
Etienne CAPOUE (30
Andros TOWNSEND (33
9 Roberto SOLDADO
|Manager : Arsene Wenger||Manager : Andre Villas-Boas|
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|Kit Supplier : Nike||Kit Supplier : Under Armour|
While much was made of the relative expenditure of the two sides coming into the match, there was always going to be a bit more than that to the eventual outcome and while the Gooners fans were jumping up and down to get excited about a 1-0 win, it was far from as convincing as some would leave you to believe. Spurs were by no means at their best and have still got some way to go to get the understanding within the team that the home side showed in their organisation and compactness.
Perhaps more worrying for Spurs than losing to the Woolwich Wanderers was the loss of Etienne Capoue to a nasty challenge from Cazorla, who repeatedly got away with the sort of niggly challenges that you associate with Arsenal, but this was one which saw the French midfielder leave on a stretcher in considerable pain and with his lower leg in a splint.
Tottenham started with the
same team as against Swansea City the previous week and Erik Lamela
was on the bench, although Spurs had no cover at centre back in
reserve. With two 1-0 wins behind us, it was a chance to take that
good defensive form into the match.
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|Other scores during this week :|
|Manchester City||2||Hull City||0||Saturday|
|West Ham United||0||Stoke City||1||Saturday|
|West Bromwich Albion||0||Swansea City||2||Sunday|
|8||West Ham United||3||1||1||1||2||1||4||+1|
|20||West Bromwich Albion||3||0||1||2||0||3||1||-3|
Position before match :
Position after match : 6th
Position after the weekend : 6th
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