|COMPETITION||FA Cup Third Round|
|DATE||Saturday 4th January 2014|
local derby in the Third Round of the FA Cup. Just what you
need after playing Manchester United and with City coming up in a
few weeks time.
Well, that's what I thought when the draw was made, but since then AVB has left, Tim Sherwood has taken over and Spurs have won four straight away Premier League games, including the abovementioned one at Old Trafford. But such form, as we are regularly told, flies out the window when it comes to derby matches. And with both teams hit by injury and with interest in the league programme uppermost, the sides might only be a shadow of the ones taking the field for most Premier League games.
Not that the teams will be weak, just not entirely familiar with each other and that could make for an entertaining game, with mistakes from mis-communication between unfamiliar partners.
Arsenal have been totting up points in the league, but their goals have dried up a bit lately. Spurs have not had that problem of late, since Adebayor has returned to the attack and as he has recovered from his exhaustive effort at Man U, he will line up against his old side and may cause his former club problems. Defence is an area where Arsenal haven't been hit too hard by injury, with only Gibbs missing, so the Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker and Monreal might continue, with the possibility of Carl Jenkinson coming in for Monreal if Wenger wants to keep him fresh for league battles. The two centre-halves are strong in the air, but can be prone to dive into tackles on nimble footed forwards, so it is a shame that Lamela will not be available for this match. However, Soldado and Adebayor are quick enough to perhaps give them trouble on the floor. If Townsend is fit to play, then his pace, along with Lennon's, will give the full backs an uncomfortable time.
Midfield is Arsenal's strength, with Cazorla, Wilshire, Arteta and Flamini Wenger's first choice four available for this match, but he may go with a youngster in there to rest one or hold Flamini on the bench in case he needs some tackles to go in late on. Rumours are he will throw Serge Gnabry or Gideon Zalalem into the starting eleven, so we will see if he is that brave. Injuries have struck the midfield hard with Diaby, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ramsey all out, but it is in attack where Arsenal have real issues, with injuries keeping Bendtner and Sanogo out and making Giroud a doubt. That means that Wenger will have to start Podolski in his first game back from being out long term with a muscle issue and play him alongside Walcott. Maybe if the result has gone for Spurs, we could take a forward out of the equation to get something out of the game ;o)
Realistically, as so much has happened since our 0-1 defeat earlier in the season at their hands, that any result would be good that didn't involve losing. I think rather than being an open goal-filled gamer, it will be a tense affair, with the outcome being what neither team would want ... a draw and a replay.
|PREDICTION||Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1|
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HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Tottenham have injury concerns, with Erik Lamela (thigh), Jan Vertonghen (ankle), Paulinho (ankle), Kyle Naughton (ankle and hamstring), Gylfi Sigurdsson (calf), Sandro (calf) and Younes Kaboul (thigh) all out of the FA Cup tie, but Jermain Defoe, Andros Townsend and Lewis Holtby are all ready to come back into the side if required.
ARSENAL TEAM NEWS :
Definitely out for Arsenal are Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Kieran Gibbs (calf), Nicklas Bendtner (ankle), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Abou Diaby (knee), Yaya Sanogo (back) and have late fitness tests on Mesut Ozil (shoulder) and Olivier Giroud (illness/ankle).
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|Arsenal 2 (1) Tottenham Hotspur
FA Cup Third Round
Saturday 4th January 2014 Kick off 15:00
Vermaelen (foul on Dembele) 18
|Crowd : 59,476||Weather : Chilly, rained towards the end of the match|
|Referee : Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)||Assistant Referees : P. Kirkup; S. Bennett|
|Fourth Official : Martin Atkinson||-|
|Arsenal kicked off and played towards the Clock end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 6 minutes.|
|Arsenal :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Roberto SOLDADO (21
Nacer CHADLI )
|Manager : Arsene Wenger||Manager : Tim Sherwood|
|Sponsor : Emirates Airways||Shirt sponsor : AIA|
|Kit Supplier : Nike||Kit Supplier : Under Armour|
The Third Round draw back in early December pitted us on a short trip across North London and to the league leaders. While teams from lower leagues have dreams of playing a big club, as a Spurs fan, I share these and would look forward to a trip to Macclesfield or Rochdale once in a while. We went into the game in good form and I hope that after a 0-2 defeat that we can kick off again in the Premier League, picking up where we left off at Old Trafford.
Tim Sherwood made the bold choice of including Nabil Bentaleb instead of Etienne Capoue, who had an outstanding game at Manchester United. We have been told by Sherwood that he is more au fait with the Under-21s than the first team, but that should not colour his judgement on picking a team to win a game. Bentlaeb played well, but with Arsenal only playing one up front, their five midfielders looked like they might enjoy playing around four in the opposition, with one being a newcomer at that. They played an 18 year old themselves in Gnarby, who was in midfield and he showed that the experience he has had in the first team made him a little more assured than Nabil.
Other than that, the team was
much the same as at United, so we hoped for a similar performance.
In the ninth minute, Christian
Eriksen intercepted a pass by Koscielny and was through on goal to
the left, but Fabianski managed to get a touch on the ball to stop
it beating him at his near post and it went away for a corner.
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|What you thought|
Whilst I don't agreed with coin throwing or any missile throwing at
football matches -- Thicko Walcott is just as immature to react
making the matter worse and putting the medical staff and stewards
at risk from further injury as more objects rained down.
However he has got his karma now because he is out of action for 6 months thus missing out on playing on the greatest stage of any footballers career, the World Cup. Shame, but, as a professional footballer earning thousands a week, he needs to grow up as well as some of our fans.
PS Why has Brendan Rodgers been pulled up by the FA for his ref comments but David Moyes hasn't for his "the FA need to look at who they employ for these types of games" remark after Mr Webb dared not to award the usual penalty at Old Trafford ?
|Other scores in this round :|
|Blackburn Rovers||1||Manchester City||1||Saturday|
|Aston Villa||1||Sheffield United||2-||Saturday|
|Charlton Athletic||P||Oxford United||P||Saturday|
|Grimsby Town||2||Huddersfield Town||3||Saturday|
|Ipswich Town||1||Preston North End||1||Saturday|
|Kidderminster Harriers||0||Peterborough United||0||Saturday|
|Macclesfield Town||1||Sheffield Wednesday||1||Saturday|
|Newcastle United||1||Cardiff City||2||Saturday|
|Stoke City||2||Leicester City||1||Saturday|
|West Bromwich Albion||0||Crystal Palace||2||Saturday|
|Wigan Athletic||3||MK Dons||3||Saturday|
|Yeovil Town||4||Leyton Orient||0||Saturday|
|Manchester United||1||Swansea City||2||Sunday|
|Port Vale||2||Plymouth Argyle||2||Sunday|
|Nottingham Forest||5||West Ham United||0||Sunday|
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