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Arsenal (Away)
Premier League

Saturday 31st October 2009

 
 

Everyone is thinking this might be the time that Spurs can break their hoodoo at Highbury, as the team are on the same points as Arsenal, with the Gooners shading third place on goal difference.  As we have seen against Chelsea and Manchester United, if Tottenham slip below their best, then they will get punished by the top sides.

If Spurs had Modric and Lennon in the team, then I would be more confident of finally winning at Highbury for the first time in 14 years, but Robbie Keane's comments about Tottenham having the better squad of the two clubs is a little premature and one which will fire the home side up ... something that the Spurs captain needn't have done.

When they are on song, Arsenal pass the ball very well and can open up defences with some good movement, but if they are having an off day or if, as on Saturday, they may be hit by injuries, then there is a window of opportunity to nick some points off them.

With forward options limited for Spurs, the Keane-Crouch partnership will be implemented, but it did not click against Stoke and at some stage Pav will be thrown into the game.  Palacios is crucial in midfield, but an early booking might limit his effectiveness, as was shown against Man U.  Huddlestone's passing might create the chances for Spurs, but Jenas is perhaps more likely to return, if fit, as he gives a box-to-box presence and has a good scoring rate in this fixture.  For all some fans dislike of JJ, Spurs do seem to function better when he plays and he is not afraid to keep wanting the ball.  In games such as this, we cannot afford to carry players who hide.

Fabregas makes Arsenal tick and ensuring he has little time on the ball will restrict his influence on the game, but there are others who can make it difficult for Tottenham.  Bendtner is not a high percentage striker, but given enough chances, he will stick one away, so if Woody is fit, he needs to be on his toes to keep him under wraps, while it is hoped Ledley is over his illness to start, as the pairing is the best the club has at the back, although Bassong has been quietly getting on with his job without putting in too many shabby performances.

At the back, the Gooners will have to pick between Mannone, who had a little bit of a mare at West Ham United last week and Almunia, who has been out of favour.  He will have bad memories of last year's 4-4 draw and hopefully, he will get the opportunity to rekindle them on Saturday.

The Arsenal back four will be much changed from the League Cup win over Liverpool, but how they handle Crouch will be interesting to see.  For all their experience, it is not often you come up against a striker like Peter.  Gibbs and Clichy are favoured by Wenger as the full backs, but he still perseveres with Eboue, despite his poor performances and his diving.  But then what the eyes don't see, the heart don't grieve about.

Spurs have progressed, but are still about breaking even on the same games from last season, so need to continue that at least.  If Tottenham are able to get their players available for selection and play to their potential, it will only be the referee who stops them being able to achieve a draw ...

PREDICTION : -  Arsenal  1     Tottenham Hotspur   1

For more information on the opponents and their history, including full result history of matches between the two teams, click here.

 
 
TEAM NEWS

Arsenal :  -  Jack Wilshere (out - ankle), Theo Walcott (out - knee), Denilson (out - back); Tomas Rosicky (out - knee); Lukasz Fabianski (out - thigh); - (-); - (-); 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -   Aaron Lennon (out - ankle), Luka Modric (out - broken leg); Ledley King (doubtful - illness); Jermain Defoe (out - suspension; 3rd of 3 games); Giovani dos Santos (out - ankle)- (-); - (-); 

 
 
Coverage

TV
Sky Sports 1 - (live coverage)
Sky Sports 1 -  Football First  -  Saturday 20.25
Match of the Day  (BBC 1) - Saturday 22.30 - 23.50 (highlights)   [repeated at 07:35 Sunday]  Also available online.
Goals on Sunday (Sky Sports 1) - Sunday 11.00
Match of the Day 2  (BBC 2) - Sunday 22.00 - 23.00 (highlights)  Also available online.
For coverage in all parts of the world, check here and here
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Radio :  
BBC LONDON 94.9FM (London area only), Digital Radio (London area only) &  Sky Channel 0152
 (live coverage)
BBC Radio Five Live (live coverage)  606/939 MW

If available on BBC radio, it can supposedly be heard in these countries on these stations ...
Australia (Melbourne) SEN  -  116 AM  Live Transmissions: TWI, Saturday. 12.45 & 1500 matches
Australia (Sydney)  Radio 2  -  1611AM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 12.45 Match
Singapore Media Corp Radio  -  93.8 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
South Africa  SABC (Radio 2000)  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
Uganda  Radio 1 (English) 90.0 FM, Radio 2 (Lugandan) 87.9 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
North America (USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)  Sirius Satellite Radio  Live transmission: Saturday - 12.45, 15.00 (TWI) & 17.15 (BBC) Sunday - 14.00 & 16.05 (BBC) Mon, Tue, Wed - Various times (BBC)

Internet :
www.spurs.co.uk   Live webcast  - subscribers only
BBC London - http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/content/articles/2005/10/12/live_commentaries_feature.shtml
click on link to "Listen to Tottenham Hotspur live commentary" on top right hand menu.

 
 
 

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Arsenal   3   Tottenham Hotspur    0      (Half-time score : 2-0)

Premier League
Venue : -  Emirates Stadium
Saturday 31st October 2009
Kick Off :  12.45 p.m.
Crowd :   60,103
Referee :  Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
- kicked off and played towards the - end in the first half.
Weather :  -  Dry, mild
Teams : - 
Arsenal :

  1  Almunia

  3  Sagna
  5  Vermaelen      
10  Gallas
22  Clichy

17  Song
  4  Fabregas
  2  Diaby
23  Arshavin  (27  Eboue  78)

52  Bendtner  (  9  Eduardo  37)
11  van Persie  (16  Ramsey  86)

Unused subs: 
24  Mannone

  6  Senderos
28  Gibbs
  8  Nasri

Tottenham Hotspur :

  1  Gomes

22  Corluka     (  2  Hutton  88)
19  Bassong
26  King  (c)
32  Assou-Ekotto

  8  Jenas
12
  Palacios
  6
  Huddlestone     (  3  Bale 56)
  5
  Bentley
     

15  Crouch      
10  Keane  (c)  (  9  Pavlyuchenko  64)

Unused subs: 
35
  Button
39
  Woodgate
20
  Dawson
21
  Kranjcar

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of http://www.colours-of-football.com)
Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
Arsenal

van Persie 42
Fabregas 43
van Persie 60

Tottenham Hotspur

None

Cards : -  
Arsenal

    
Vermaelen (foul)  78  
 

    

Tottenham Hotspur 

     
Bentley (foul)
Crouch (dissent) 62  

     

Match Report : -  
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Other League scores this weekend and midweek :
Bolton Wanderers 0 Chelsea 4 Saturday
Burnley 2 Hull City 0 Saturday
Everton 1 Aston Villa 1 Saturday
Fulham 3 Liverpool 1 Saturday
Manchester United 2 Blackburn Rovers 0 Saturday
Portsmouth 4 Wigan Athletic 0 Saturday
Stoke City 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Saturday
West Ham United 2 Sunderland 2 Saturday
Birmingham City 0 Manchester City 0 Sunday
West Ham United 2 Aston Villa 1 Wednesday

   

 

League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Chelsea 11 9 0 2 28 8 28 +20
2 Manchester United 11 8 1 2 23 11 25 +12
3 Arsenal 10 7 1 2 32 13 22 +19
4 Manchester City 10 5 4 1 18 11 19 +7
5 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 11 6 1 4 21 17 19 +4
6 Liverpool 11 6 0 5 25 16 18 +9
7 Aston Villa 11 5 3 3 15 11 18 +4
8 Sunderland 11 5 2 4 20 17 18 +3
9 Stoke City 11 4 4 3 11 13 16 -2
10 Burnley 11 5 0 6 12 22 15 -10
11 Fulham 10 4 2 4 13 13 14 0
12 Wigan Athletic 11 4 1 6 12 21 13 -9
13 Everton 10 3 3 4 13 16 12 -3
14 Birmingham City 11 3 2 6 8 12 11 -4
15 Bolton Wanderers 10 3 2 5 14 19 11 -5
16 West Ham United 11 2 4 5 15 18 10 -3
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 11 2 4 5 11 18 10 -7
18 Blackburn Rovers 11 3 2 6 11 24 10 -13
19 Hull City 11 2 2 7 8 24 8 -16
20 Portsmouth 11 2 1 8 9 15 7 -6

 

Position before the match :  4th
Position after the match :  4th
Position after the weekend :  5th

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