|DATE||Saturday 27th September 2014|
Away at Arsenal after a midweek League Cup tie. You can see
the excuses already.
But what excuses are there really ? Most of the team will not have played Wednesday against Forest. The team should be going there on a level footing with Arsenal, who have had a ropey start too. And we have a side that is almost at full strength, whereas the hosts have a host of injuries.
Maybe, if the side have some belief, they will have the best chance to get something out of an away game against the Arse for a long while. But that belief must extend to making a concerted effort to turn the amount of possession they have during the game into goals. This is the magic that all teams seek, but Tottenham have the players who can do it, but they must have the confidence to take on that responsibility and make sure they are effective in doing so.
Arsenal won for the first time in a few games last weekend at Aston Villa. Spurs got back to winning ways against Nottingham Forest after a shocking 60 minutes, but Arsenal crashed out of the League Cup to Southampton at home. The pressure might be on them a bit, with the home crowd notoriously noisy if things don't go well.
I would start with Capoue and Stambouli in front of the back four, as they provide the best tackling option and they are both able to move forward and pass to a white shirt. If Lamela is on his game, he could be influential in picking the Arsenal defence apart, but Flamini's introduction only says one thing to me ... and that doesn't bode well for Erik. The three in midfield will have to battle against the likes of Ozil, Wilshire and Ramsey, with new signing Welbeck looking to get the ball through from them. For Tottenham, Chadli and Eriksen need to get into the game and it will be a case of the pressing game being employed from the start to strangle any creativity that there might be in the Arsenal midfield. The best thing for Spurs might be if Arteta plays, as his legs have gone and once past him there will be no coming back for the former Everton man.
Trying to break down opposition defences is not yet a strong point in Tottenham's armoury, but getting at Gibbs and Chambers (or whoever else might be fielded wide on the right and keeping them pushed back, will pull their own midfield back closer to them as well. With Mertesacker and Koscielny in the middle of the back four, there is little point playing high balls forward to Adebayor, but keeping it on the ground might find more joy taking them on in the box.
Tottenham's defence will need to be alert and they will have to do better from set-pieces, as getting away with it against Forest will not be the same as making the same mistakes against Arsenal. Also, the ball cannot be given away cheaply, as the movement of the ball to Oxlade Chamberlain and Sanchez will quickly put the back four under pressure. So meaningful possession is what we want to see from Tottenham and then pressing when they haven't got the ball.
Has this game too soon for Spurs ? Well, it shouldn't have, because they have known about it for a long time and the players should be settling in, with Poch knowing who is best in which position.
Personally, I think we will lose out, but only narrowly and a good display will at least show we are getting there (that is where we want to be).
|PREDICTION||Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1|
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HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Spura have virtually a full squad to choose from, apart from Kyle Walker who is still getting over surgery on his pelvic injury. Benoit Assou-Ekotto is suspended (3 of 3).
ARSENAL TEAM NEWS :
Per Mertesacker, Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Flamini are likely to be in the Arsenal side to face Spurs on Saturday, but ruled out are Mathieu Debuchy (ankle), Olivier Giroud (ankle), Yaya Sonogo (hamstring), Nacho Monreal (back) and Serge Gnabry (knee).
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|Arsenal 1 (0) Tottenham Hotspur
Saturday 27th September 2014 Kick off 17:30
Oxlade-Chamberlain 74m 51s
||Chadli 56m 30s|
Oxlade-Chamberlain (foul on Capoue) 11
Wilshire (foul on Mason) 22
Chambers (foul on Lennon) 86
Lamela (persistent fouling) 27
Chadli (goal celebration) 57
Adebayor (foul on Cazorla) 69
Mason (foul on Ozil) 72
Rose (time-wasting ??) 83
Lennon (foul on Mertesacker) 69
|Crowd : 59,900||Weather : Warm|
|Referee : Michael Oliver (Northumberland)||Assistant Referees : Mr. S. Burt; Mr. J. Brooks|
|Fourth Official : Craig Pawson||-|
|Arsenal kicked off and played towards the Clock End in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 6 Minutes.|
|Arsenal :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
3 Kieran GIBBS
8 Mikel ARTETA
Mathieu FLAMINI 28)
10 Emmanuel ADEBAYOR
|Manager : Arsene Wenger||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
|Sponsor : Fly Emirates||Shirt sponsor : AIA|
|Kit Supplier : Puma||Kit Supplier : Under Armour|
Spurs put in a stern defensive
display to thwart Arsenal's attempts to grab all three points from
this match, which had seen Tottenham take the lead against the run
of play, but with very little of the possession to do much
with. It had taken 2 minutes and 23 seconds for Spurs to get a
touch of the ball, as Arsenal played it around at the back from the
kick off. This was to be the pattern of the following 93 and a
It will be a busy week !!
Arsenal are not in fact from North London originally, but from Tula in Russia, where they were first formed in 1946.
Goonersuarus was actually
found under the old Woolwich ground in South London where Arsenal
once played (after moving to England from Russia). The remains
were dug up by a crack team of archaeologists and the dinosaur
played at centre half for many years.
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|What you thought|
|Other scores during this week :|
|Crystal Palace||2||Leicester City||0||Saturday|
|Hull City||2||Manchester City||4||Saturday|
|Manchester United||2||West Ham United||1||Saturday|
|West Bromwich Albion||4||Burnley||0||Sunday|
|Stoke City||1||Newcastle United||0||Monday|
|10||West Bromwich Albion||6||2||2||2||7||7||8||0|
|13||West Ham United||6||2||1||3||10||10||7||0|
Position before match :
Position after match : 8th
Position after the weekend : 8th
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.
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