The North London Derby:- The competition that’s as big as a trophy.

Winning the premiership is the priority but beating Spurs is almost seen as a necessity by Arsenal fans.

Each loss sustained by the other almost merits a street party style celebration and if misfortune should fall upon the other, the ensuing jollification could last months.

The importance of the encounter is entrenched in a catalogue of memories and each victory becomes part of folklore and is entangled in each others History.

Fans will recall the Thierry Henry solo goal from inside his own half in 2002.

The 2-2 draw that saw Arsenal win the title at White Hart Lane in 2004.

The 1971 double winning side that took the title again in Spurs back yard and many others.

This match is the equivalent of being on a flimsy boat approaching the uncontrollable, emotional rapids, anything is a trigger point and the atmosphere will be as hot as the contents of a cauldron.

Only four points separate the pair and if Arsenal had to play and beat Spurs, the timing is perfect.

Their rivals have suffered defeats to Burnley and Chelsea, the latter ending their premier league challenge.

They’ve recent gone out of both the EPL and FA cups and will be without a group of influential players such as Vertonghen,Aurier, Alli and Dier.

Harry Kane always profits in a game against Arsenal but it’s son Heung Min that represents the most danger.

The 26 year old has been in fine form this season, scoring 16 goals and providing 9 assists in 34 games and was also a key part of the South Korea to win gold at the 2018 Asian Games.

Arsenal’s major injury concerns are subsiding and the good form of a number of players may be crucial to any success.

Kolasinac, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Xhaka, Guendouzi and Lacazette have all caught the eye and Emery has important decisions to make. 

The occasion is going to be sensational and hopefully the game will be just as good as the last encounter, ending in the same result.

For those that enjoy coincidence, the last time Spurs lost three consecutive games in a row was back in 2012 and that was to Arsenal.

For those that depend on facts, Arsenal are winless in 21 Premier League away fixtures against other established top six teams since beating Manchester City 2-0 in January 2015 (D7, L14).

Preferred line up:

Leno, Kolasinac, Sokratis, Koscielny, Jenkinson,Torriera, Xhaka,Mkhitaryan, Ozil , Aubameyang and Lacazette.

Possible line up :-

Leno ; Kolasinac, Sokratis, Mustafi, Maitland-Niles; Guendouzi, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Ramsey; Lacazette.

Prediction:-

(Head) 2-2

(Heart) 3-1 win 

 

2 Comments

  1. But for your superfluous word “ almost” in the first paragraph , as usual. your article espouses much clarity and intelligent commentary.
    FANTASY FOOTBALL:
    Imagine …….from the front, backwards….Aubameyang, Lacazette,…Ozil, Mkhitaryan,…Guendouzi, Ramsay,..Torriera,…..Sokratis, Koscielny,( whilst we have him ) and Kolasinac, Leno…….How would the Back 4 get a kick ? I know you couldn’t fit them all in but you’d love to see what possession figures were like in that game , hoping Leno could have a bit of a sleep for about 30-40 minutes.

    1. Author

      Lol almost. Thanks for reading Glenn and taking the time to comment. I’m a mixture of excited beyond belief and fraught with nervous expectancy. Saturday won’t start until the game is over and may not start at all, if the result goes the wrong way. You have to believe to achieve.

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