|DATE||Sunday 6th November 2016|
3. Kieran GIBBS
4. Per MERTESACKER
6. Laurent KOSIELNY
7. Alexis SANCHEZ
8. Aaron RAMSEY
9. Lucas PEREZ
11. Mesut OZIL
12. Olivier GIROUD
13. David OPSINA
14. Theo WALCOTT
15. Alex OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN
16. Rob HOLDING
17. Alex IWOBI
19. Santi CAZORLA
20. Shkodran MUSTAFI
22. Yaya SANOGO
23. Danny WELBECK
24. Hector BELLERIN
25. Carl JENKINSON
26. Emiliano MARTINEZ
29. Granit XHAKA
31. Jeff REINE-ADELAIDE
32. Chuka AKPOM
33. Petr CECH
34. Francis COQUELIN
35. Mohamed ELNENY
Arsenal come into the game on an unbeaten run and Spurs are unbeaten
this season. But this is a match in which the form book is
thrown out of the window apparently. I can only hope that is
true as Tottenham's recent form does not match their run of five
straight wins earlier in this campaign. Arsenal have come back
to record a run of wins in all competitions, but the key factor in
this match will not be the players out on the pitch, but those who
will be missing.
Tottenham have missed Harry Kane for much of the season and now Toby Alderweireld's absence is being felt at the back. Arsenal have been without Mertesacker for a long period and this meant that they had to go out and spend big on Mustafi. Paired alongside Kosielny, they are not the quickest of pairings, but have a physical presence, which might not suit Tottenham's game at the moment. Also, their midfield with Ozil and Ramsey have a mix of artisan and artist, so our five in midfield will need to work hard to deny them the ability to play with time and space. Missing Sissoko, which some regard as not much of a miss, as well as Lamela means choice is limited and that will be further felt if Dembele has not overcome his ankle injury.
Kane's return might provide some optimism, but the supply to him has to be much better than it has to Son and Janssen in his absence. There may be a better understanding between Kane and Alli and Eriksen, so, hopefully, the creation of chances gives Harry the opportunity to get back into the goal-scoring groove straight away.
With Giroud coming into form by scoring goals against weak teams, he might find it harder against Spurs, but he might find it hard to displace Iwobi and Sanchez, who are usually supported form midfield by Oxlade-Chamberlain or Walcott. Both have been injury prone and now hope that is behind them, but there has been a history of Arsenal players picking up long term injuries in this fixture.
Tottenham need to show strong
character after their recent run of league draws and the defeat by
Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday in the Champions League. I am
not sure that the team that Pochettino can put out will be able to
carry on the unbeaten run, but I hope I am wrong.
|PREDICTION||Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1|
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Arsenal TEAM NEWS :
Per Mertesacker (knee), Lucas Perez (ankle), Danny Welbeck (cartilage) and Chuck Akpom (back) will miss the game with Spurs on Sunday, while Santi Cazorla (Achilles) and Kieran Gibbs (shoulder) are doubts.
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Spurs will be without Toby Alderweireld (knee), Ben Davies (ankle) and Erik Lamela (hip), but Harry Kane is fit to be included in the squad and Mousa Dembele will have a late test on his ankle injury he sustained in Wednesdays Champions League match.
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Sunday 6th November 2016
Tottenham Hotspur - (-)
Kick off 12:00
Kosielny (foul on Kane) 69
Wimmer (foul on Coquelin) 6
Dier (dissent) 73
|Crowd : 60,039||Weather : Early sun, but chilly and dry|
|Referee : Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)||Assistant Referees : Mr. S. Bennett; Mr. J. Collin|
|Fourth Official : Andre Marriner|
|Arsenal kicked off and played towards the Clock end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 10 minutes.|
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Theo WALCOTT (15
Alex OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN 71)
Hugo LLORIS (c)
Kyle WALKER (16
Kieran TRIPPIER 79)
10 Harry KANE (p) ( 9 Vincent JANSSEN 73)
|Manager : Arsene Wenger||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
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Tottenham deservedly travelled back up the Seven Sisters Road with a point against a side who were bang in form, but failed to show much of it here and had to rely on Kevin Wimmer to score their goal before Harry Kane netted a second half penalty to level the score. With Dele Alli missing, Pochettino moved to a system with three at the back (Dier, Vertonghen and Wimmer), with Rose and Walker pushing up in wide positions. Harry Kane's return saw Janssen drop to the bench and the new formation worked well, giving Poch options in the future to change the side's make up if things are not going well.
The sun was shining when the
game got underway, but it was a chilly afternoon, but the
temperature did rise on and off the pitch, albeit not as much as
normally for a game between Spurs and the interlopers. A ball
played up the left wing by Rose was dummied by Son on halfway and he
ran away from Mustafi into the box, where he had a chance to shoot,
but looked to find Kane square, but Monreal just got a touch on it
to take it away. Shortly after, Wimmer won the ball, but it got away
from him and he went through Coquelin, who writhed around like he
had been shot and Clattenberg pulled out a yellow card for the Spurs
defender. The early booking meant he had to be careful with his
challenges after that.
After the international break we have West Ham at home and then Chelsea away. Two more London derbies and two more tough games. They will shape our contenders reputation, but it is still early days, with not quite a third of the season gone by then, so we have to keep plugging away and keep picking up points.
Arsenal were first known
as Plumstead Arsenal, before moving in on Woolwich Wanderers'
territory before taking over that club's identity when they moved to
North London after abandoning their South London roots.
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|What you thought|
The result was a draw, but more importantly, listen to Wenger.
It was a very soft penalty. Wanyama should have been sent off. Maybe players were offside, but nobody makes you head the ball into your own goal.
Same old, same old. The day that some truth comes out of his mouth, you might have the slightest respect for him.
Face facts. With a makeshift side and a weak bench, Spurs dominated at their ground.
How about opening your eyes some times M. Wenger ?
Or are you worried what you
might see of the side in red and white ?
|Other scores during this week :|
|West Ham United London||1||Stoke City||1||Saturday|
|Swansea City||1||Manchester United||3||Sunday|
|Leicester City||1||West Bromwich Albion||2||Sunday|
|League Table 2016-17|
|10||West Bromwich Albion||11||3||4||4||12||15||13||-3|
|17||West Ham United London||11||3||2||6||11||20||11||-9|
Position before match : 5th
Position after match : 5th
Position after the weekend : 5th
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.
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