COMPETITION Premier League 
DATE Sunday 6th November 2016
VENUE Highbury
Arsenal  SQUAD 2.  Matieu DEBUCHY
3.  Kieran GIBBS
6.  Laurent KOSIELNY
7.  Alexis SANCHEZ
8.  Aaron RAMSEY
9.  Lucas PEREZ
11.  Mesut OZIL
12.  Olivier GIROUD
13.  David OPSINA
14.  Theo WALCOTT
16.  Rob HOLDING
17.  Alex IWOBI
18.  Nacho MONREAL
19.  Santi CAZORLA
20.  Shkodran MUSTAFI
22.  Yaya SANOGO
23.  Danny WELBECK
24.  Hector BELLERIN
26.  Emiliano MARTINEZ
29.  Granit XHAKA
32.  Chuka AKPOM
33.  Petr CECH
34.  Francis COQUELIN
35.  Mohamed ELNENY
PREVIEW 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. 
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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Arsenal  - (-)  

Premier League
Sunday 6th November 2016
Tottenham Hotspur  - (-)

Kick off 12:00
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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.
Arsenal : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
33  Petr CECH

24  Hector BELLERIN
20  Skhrodan MUSTAFI
6  Laurent KOSIELNY  (c)     
18  Nacho MONREAL

29  Granit XHAKA
34  Francis COQUELIN  (  8  Aaron RAMSEY  65)

11  Mesut OZIL
  Alex IWOBI  (12 Olivier GIROUD  71)

  7  Alexis SANCHEZ

Unused subs: 
13  David OPSINA
  3  Kieran GIBBS
35  Mohamed ELNENY


    1  Hugo LLORIS (c)

15  Eric DIER     
27  Kevin WIMMER 

  2  Kyle WALKER  (16  Kieran TRIPPIER  79)
19  Mousa DEMBELE
  Victor WANYAMA
  3  Danny ROSE

Christian ERIKSEN
  7  Heung-Min SON  (28  Harry WINKS  89)

10  Harry KANE  (p)  (  9  Vincent JANSSEN  73)

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM

  Georges-Kevin N'KOUDOU
25  Josh ONOMAH

Manager :  Arsene Wenger Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
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Match report

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.

Tottenham got pinned back for a little while as Arsenal played pretty passes around the Spurs penalty area, but the defence managed to prevent any threat on goal. Arsenal were getting everyone back behind the ball when Spurs were in possession and they were moving the ball around well without getting into the danger zone. After 20 minutes, Eriksen played a low cross in and Kane dived in to glance a header a foot wide with Cech scrabbling to get anywhere near the ball.

Arsenal's first decent chance came when Sanchez lifted a ball up to Coquelin on the edge of the box and his volley was blocked, but was heading wide anyway and on the 30 minute mark, Ozil shot well wide from the 18 yard line. Rose was played wide by Kane and Eriksen nearly got across the first man, but was just denied by the challenge. Arsenal then hit Tottenham in a counter-attack and Iwobi was found in space on the left side of the box, but struck a weak low shot that Lloris easily got behind.

The game was epitomised by free-kicks which were given or not, but Arsenal were starting to build moves and a diagonal ball to Walcott was taken early and his effort smacked against the upright with Lloris beaten. Another free-kick was what handed Arsenal the lead. Swung in by Ozil, Wimmer got to two Arsenal players in offside positions and headed the ball past Lloris to give the home team a lead two minutes before the break.

Walcott went down cheaply again when Wanyama challenged him and then it all flared up with players coming into face up Vertonghen. Walcott claimed it was an elbow, but it was nowhere near. Clattenberg spoke to the players involved, but when Mustafi and Coquelin smashed into each other, it was the Tottenham players who stopped play when the German went down with blood coming out of his nose.

Arsenal had struggled with the Spurs formation to start off with, but were beginning to play the ball for runners from midfield going beyond the Tottenham back three. Half-time came at a stage when Tottenham were not able to hold onto the ball as they tried to play up the field.

Early in the second half Son got away down the right and managed to run from halfway line into the box, but was stopped by Bellerin as he was hoping to shoot. When Dembele ran into the area five minutes into the half, Kosielny stuck out a foot and didn't get the ball, so Clattenberg pointed to the spot and Harry Kane did the rest, shooting straight down the middle as Cech dived to the left. So, another goal against Arsenal on his first game back for H.

Five minutes later, Mustafi headed a ball straight up into the air and Eriksen hit the dropping ball on the volley, only to see Cech dive to his right to push the ball wide. With another five minutes gone, a good passing movement saw Rose slipped in by Son on the left and his cross picked out Kane at the far post. As he looked to volley the ball, Monreal challenged him and the ball came off Kane for a goal-kick. Arsenal then went up the other end and Iwobi's ball in from the left gave Xhaka a chance to head past Lloris, but he just didn't bother going for it. Lloris had to push it round, as it might have crept in at the far post though.

Kosielny picked up a caution when Spurs were on the break and the defender got nowhere near the ball as he brought Kane down. Arsenal looked ot break through when they had their next attack, with a ball into the box, when Dier slid in to stop it, but the ball ran to Ozil and the midfielder tried to turn the ball back into the goalmouth, but Lloris was quick out to smother it.

With 20 minutes to go, Janssen replaced Kane and then Dier picked up a yellow card for picking up the ball and running off with it. A whole spate of pinball saw the ball drop for Chamberlain to shoot from ten yards out, but, unlike Wednesday, when the ball came off Walker in the box this time, it fell to Lloris. Walker had suffered a problem earlier in the game, but had to go off, with Trippier coming on to replace him, but luck wasn't with Tottenham as it had been with “lucky” Arsenal in the first half, as Eriksen's free-kick in from the left wing was missed by Dier and Son and Cech too, but the ball bounced out off the far post.

Danny Rose maintained his role as the player who gets kicked form pillar to post as Chamberlain twice fouled him, but Spurs were indebted to Vertonghen's header when Arsenal broke from Tottenham's free-kick and it took the ball away from two red shirts. Rose did the same after Wimmer had intercepted a through ball inside the box. Sonny should have crashed through Cech, when a back pass saw him slip and then get up to clear, but the winger hurdled over a crunching tackle. Eriksen did pick out Janssen's run and his shot was saved even though he was offside.

A cross came in for Arsenal that saw Giroud throw Wimmer to the floor before heading straight at Lloris, and interestingly, when Eriksen was fouled by Mustafi, the Arsenal defender jumped up and down in dissent, but had no action taken against him.  The game ended with Arsenal on the attack, but it had been Tottenham's second half, with the better chances, maintaining our unbeaten run and preventing Arsenal going top, albeit temporarily.

Son had a good game and was always a threat with his pace against the Arsenal defence, while Vertonghen and Rose were very good, but Mousa Dembele used his strength on the ball and his ability to hold players off to move Spurs forward and often was alert to make tracks back to help the defence.  The team looked to manage the game and for an away side at Arsenal, who are in form and look to attack at every opportunity, it was a fine display.  Missing key players, Pochettino put out a new formation that had the Goons guessing and there was a lot of luck in Arsenal's point, while Spurs can continue on unbeaten, although another draw sees us drop a little more behind the top four.  Arsenal yet again cannot beat a fellow side striving for the top and does this show that they are flat-track bullies, beating teams at the bottom (well, nearly beating some others) and having a tough time against the top sides.  They beat Chelsea when they were settling in with Conte, but would they be able to do that now ?

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.

Brian Arrowsmith




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
Barry Edgar 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 ?

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Other scores during this week :
Bournemouth 1 Sunderland 2 Saturday
Burnley 3 Crystal Palace 2 Saturday
Chelsea 5 Everton 0 Saturday
Manchester City 1 Middlesbrough 1 Saturday
West Ham United London 1 Stoke City 1 Saturday
Swansea City 1 Manchester United 3 Sunday
Hull City 2 Southampton 1 Sunday
Leicester City 1 West Bromwich Albion 2 Sunday
Liverpool 6 Watford 1 Sunday



League Table  2016-17
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Liverpool 11 8 2 1 30 13 26 +17
2 Chelsea 11 8 1 2 26 9 25 +17
3 Manchester City 11 6 3 1 25 10 24 +15
4 Arsenal 11 7 3 1 24 11 24 +13
5 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 11 5 6 0 15 6 21 +9
6 Manchester United 11 5 3 3 16 13 18 +3
7 Everton 11 5 3 3 15 13 18 +2
8 Burnley 11 4 2 5 11 15 14 -4
9 Southampton 11 3 4 4 12 12 13 0
10 West Bromwich Albion 11 3 4 4 12 15 13 -3
11 Stoke City 11 3 4 4 13 18 13 -5
12 Watford 11 4 3 4 15 19 12 -4
13 Bournemouth 11 3 3 5 13 16 12 -3
14 Leicester City 11 3 3 5 13 18 12 -5
15 Middlesbrough 11 2 5 4 10 12 11 -2
16 Crystal Palace 11 3 2 6 16 19 11 -3
17 West Ham United London 11 3 2 6 11 20 11 -9
18 Hull City 11 3 1 7 10 24 10 -14
19 Swansea City 11 1 2 8 10 21 5 -11
20 Sunderland 11 1 2 8 9 21 5 -12

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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