A week is a long time in football. This time last week Spurs, for the second time this season, looked as if they were in the title race. Arsenal meanwhile, where well behind, battling to make the Champions League places.
One week on, two Tottenham defeats and two Arsenal wins later, there’s just four points between the pair, with the title now looking to be a two horse race once again as they meet in the North London Derby.
It has been a very bad week for Mauricio Pochettino, who found his side physically and tactically outmatched by Burnley before Spurs were then beaten 2-0 in midweek by Chelsea when a change of formation did nothing to change the flow of the game. Kieran Tripper had a bad night which was ended by a comedy own goal to seal the win whilst Hugo Lloris will not want to watch Pedro’s opener again.
Arsenal are arriving at the perfect time – they have had three straight wins with goals spread across the team, and the ever important mood at the club should be high. Mezut Ozil’s return to the first team has given a number of other attackers a boost and it was interesting to note that both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in a 5-1 destruction of Bournemouth in midweek.
However, this is likely to be a different level to facing Bate, Southampton or Bournemouth at home and if one was forced to take a position in the match odds, it would be the draw at the prices. Other markets are more attractive, however, and this could be a match high on goals.
Arsenal, for all their defensive faults, are never short of goals. Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are two of the best strikers in the league and there’s able forward ability for Emery to pick from including Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who comes here in fine form after getting both a goal and an assist in each of his last two starts, and if deemed necessary, there is the option of Mesut Ozil, now back in the side.
It’s no surprise that Only Spurs (31) and Man United (30) have scored more away goals than Arsenal (25) in the league but the Gunners have plenty of defensive concerns too. With Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding already out, the doubtful fitness of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sead Kolasinac, Laurent Kosicelny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles has come at a bad time and Shokdran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos will surely be targeted here by Spurs.
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal
12:30pm BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 4K UHD
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
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DEC 2018 CARABAO CUP Arsenal 0-2 Tottenham
DEC 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham
FEB 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal
NOV 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham
APR 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal
NOV 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham
MAR 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal
NOV 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham
SEP 2015 CAPITAL ONE CUP Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal
FEB 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal
SEP 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham
MAR 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 0-1 Arsenal
Spurs themselves have shown some fragility recently – especially at right-back – although back on home turf they will take the game to Arsenal, and Over 3.5 goals looks a runner. If one takes the Star Specials, and adds Over 9.5 corners in the match.
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