|DATE||Saturday 18th November 2017|
4. Per MERTESACKER
6. Laurent KOSCIELNY
7. Alexis SANCHEZ
8. Aaron RAMSEY
9. Alexandre LACAZETTE
10. Jack WILSHERE
11. Mesut OZIL
12. Olivier GIROUD
13. David OSPINA
14. Theo WALCOTT
16. Rob HOLDING
17. Alex IWOBI
18. Nacho MONREAL
20. Shkodran MUSTAFI
21. Calum CHAMBERS
22. Jeff REINE-ADELAIDE
23. Danny WELBECK
24. Hector BELLERIN
29. Granit XHAKA
30. Ainsley MAITLAND-NILES
31. Sead KOLASNIAC
32. Chuba AKPOM
33. Petr CECH
34. Francis COQUELIN
35. Mohammed ELNENY
The international break interrupted the early stages of the season
with both clubs in decent form. Arsenal lost to Manchester
City last time out, but then most teams do. Other than that,
they have only lost by single goals to Watford and Stoke City,
although they did get taken apart at Anfield 4-0.
The factions within the Arsenal support are still at loggerheads and although they haven't fought amongst themselves as much as West Ham United London fans this season, they are still divided. Some about whether Arsene Wenger should leave the club and others about whether they are a bigger club than Spurs in North London. Well, they are welcome to their petty arguments, but they will raise their game against Tottenham as they always do.
Strangely Petr Cech is not the Arsenal number one, as he is number 33 and back up keeper Ospina is 13. How unlucky. Cech lacks the agility of his Chelsea days and has found his time at Arsenal much more difficult, with the defence exposing him more than the think blue line that used to be in front of him. With Wenger not having adequately replaced the back four he inherited at the club, the likes of Mustafi, Monreal, Koscielny and Kolasniac is not that awe-inspiring, although the Serbian full back is a threat in attack.
With many column inches dedicated to the whole Ozil/Sanchez will they/won't they saga, much criticism is aimed at them for disappearing in games. With Ramsey, Walcott and Wilshere all disappointing compared to the potential they once had, they have Bellerin relying on his pace, but getting found out; Coquelin not developing into a regular in the midfield; Xhaka an accident waiting to happen and Elneny signed as a star, but only occupying a fringe role. Cazorla has been out with a nasty reaction to his surgery that has seen him lose a large part of his Achilles tendon.
Youngsters brought through and bought in have failed to make the desired impact. This leaves the side without a strong spine, players randomly rotated in the side around the pitch, making consistency difficult. Arsenal are good at home though and it will be a tough ask for Spurs to bring home something from the match other than the obligatory draw that has been the common feature of this fixture over recent years at Highbury.
With a 1-0 victory over Palace in Tottenham's last game, we struggled to break down a defensive side. Arsenal might have to come out a bit, as their fans expect a win and they are at home, so it is possible that the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen could lead breakaways. Moussa Sissoko has also been prominent in the team's ability to get forward from defence very quickly of late. With a number of first teamers returning, the side will be strengthened and while Alderweireld joins Wanyama and Lamela on the injured list the squad is now able to cover for the absences.
With Arsenal determined to try
and get something in the credit column with their fans, they will be
keen not to lose, so Spurs might have to battle away at the home
defence, but, while I would like to see three points heading back to
Wembley, a draw might be the most likely outcome.
|PREDICTION||Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1|
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Arsenal TEAM NEWS :
Olivier Giroud (knock) misses the game on Saturday, with Danny Welbeck and Shkrodan Mustafi are doubts.
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Erik Lamela is fit, but may not be ready for a return to action yet, while Toby Alderweireld is set for at least a six week spell on the touchline with his hamstring pull and Victor Wanyama is still on the road back from his knee injury. Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Hugo Lloris, Michel Vorm and Dele Alli were all back in training this week.
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Saturday 18th November 2017
Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
Kick off 12:30
Mustafi 36m 05s
Sanchez 41m 01s
Xhaka (foul on Dele) 32
Sanchez (foul on Sanchez) 38
Mustafi (foul on Kane) 47
Monreal (foul on Dele) 72
Kane (foul on Xhaka) 49
|Crowd : 59,530||Weather : Drizzle|
|Referee : Mike Dean (Wirral)||Assistant Referees : Mr. I Hussin; Mr E. Smart|
|Fourth Official : Kevin Friend|
|Tottenham kicked off and played towards the North stand end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 6 minutes.|
|Arsenal :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Laurent KOSIELNY (c)
9 Alexandre LACAZETTE (34 Francis COUQELIN 73)
Mousa DEMBELE (29
Harry WINKS 62)
10 Harry KANE (18 Fernando LLORENTE 75)
|Manager : Arsene Wenger||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
|Sponsor : Fly Emirates||Shirt sponsor : AIA|
|Kit Supplier : Puma||Kit Supplier : Nike|
A gloomy day in North London
saw Spurs take to the pitch without Danny Rose anywhere in the
vicinity of N7, apparently not injured and left to train with the
players who were not included in the match-day squad. By the
end, it was gloomy all round the Spurs end as Arsenal registered
their fist win over us at their seventh attempt. It will
signal mass celebrating on the streets of Highbury and tweets from
perennial substitute Jack Wilshere, but will it mean much in the
long run come May ? We will see.
Arsenal are the only
Football League club to take part in South and North London derbies.
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|What you thought|
|Other scores during this week :|
|Leicester City||0||Manchester City||2||Saturday|
|Manchester United||4||Newcastle United||1||Saturday|
|West Bromwich Albion||0||Chelsea||4||Saturday|
|Watford||2||West Ham United London||0||Sunday|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||2||Stoke City||2||Monday|
|League Table 2017-18|
|9||Brighton & Hove Albion||12||4||4||4||13||13||16||0|
|17||West Bromwich Albion||12||2||4||6||9||18||10||-9|
|18||West Ham United London||12||2||3||7||11||25||9||-14|
Position before match :
Position after match : 4th
Position after the weekend :
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone might think so.
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