Premier League Preview: Tottenham v Arsenal
Harry Redknapp and Arsene Wenger go head-to-head at White Hart Lane in Emmanuel Adebayor's reunion game, with both clubs coming off the back of midweek European victories
By George Ankers
Walker, King, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto
Krancjar, Parker, Modric, Bale
Sagna, Mertesacker, Song, Santos
Arteta, Frimpong, Ramsey
Walcott, Van Persie, Arshavin
Tottenham will recall their first-teamers after the Europa League win over Shamrock Rovers, though Jermain Defoe should keep his place after scoring in that match as well as in the 4-0 win over Liverpool, with Harry Redknapp surely keen to test the Gunners’ leaky defence. Steven Pienaar may be fit to make his first appearance of the season, most likely off the bench. And, of course, Emmanuel Adebayor will once again face the side he left in 2009.
Theo Walcott should be fit to return to the side after a knee problem, and will likely displace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain despite the fellow Southampton graduate’s impressive showing in the Champions League in midweek. Captain Robin van Persie will start in place of Marouane Chamakh, while Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky will vie for a place in midfield after Jack Wilshere was ruled out for several more months.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Arsenal have not beaten Tottenham in a league match in their last three attempts, and only once in their last six.
- Spurs have not lost the north London derby at White Hart Lane since being vanquished 3-1 by the Gunners in September 2007.
- Robin van Persie’s Premier League record in the year 2011 is 21 goals in 23 appearances.
- Mike Dean is a bad luck charm for Arsenal – they have not won a game which he has refereed since November 2008, when they beat Chelsea 2-1 away.
- Dutch striker Van Persie is currently tied with Joe Baker as Arsenal’s sixteenth highest goalscorer of all time, with exactly 100 goals in all competitions.
- White Hart Lane is used to seeing stalemates, with eight of the last 11 league matches played there ending in a draw.
- The Gunners have not won an away match in the Premier League in the last seven attempts. This is the longest they have gone without winning away in the league since the 1991-92 season when they failed to win eight in a row.
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Top 3 Predictions
Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal
- 19.01 %
Tottenham 1-3 Arsenal
- 12.46 %
Tottenham 0-3 Arsenal
- 9.73 %
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Sep 1, 2013||Arsenal 1 - Tottenham 0|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Mar 3, 2013||Tottenham 2 - Arsenal 1|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Nov 17, 2012||Arsenal 5 - Tottenham 2|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Feb 26, 2012||Arsenal 5 - Tottenham 2|
|England - Premier League (EPL)||Oct 2, 2011||Tottenham 2 - Arsenal 1|
|Dec 4, 2013||Fulham 1 - Tottenham 2||EPL|
|Dec 1, 2013||Tottenham 2 - Man Utd. 2||EPL|
|Nov 28, 2013||Tromsø IL 0 - Tottenham 2||EL|
|Nov 24, 2013||Manchester City FC 6 - Tottenham 0||EPL|
|Nov 10, 2013||Tottenham 0 - Newcastle 1||EPL|
|23||Rafael van der Vaart||Midfielder|
|17||Giovani dos Santos||Striker|
|20||Robin van Persie||Striker|
No question about who to keep an eye on - after his good performance and controversial celebrations last time he went up against his former club, the Manchester City loanee will be the focus for many. Upholding his tradition of starting well after moving to a new side, the Togolese is in fine form and will pose a serious threat to fill-in central defender Alex Song.
With Jack Wilshere injured for the forseeable future, the Pole in goal is arguably the brightest young talent at the Emirates and, indeed, one of their best players outright. He has produced some excellent displays this season despite conceding several goals, due to a frequently awful defence, and will need to be at his best again if Spurs bring their A-game.
The north London derbies have produced some thrilling contests in recent years, and this should be no exception. Both sides have a lot to prove - Arsenal are desperate to record a victory over one of the top sides in the league after a horrendous start, and Tottenham smell blood and a chance to claim clear superiority over their rivals for the first time in a while. The Gunners have improved recently but Spurs were excellent in their 4-0 demolition of Liverpool, and Arsene Wenger still has a lot of work to do with his defence. If they keep up the attacking pressure for 90 minutes, the home side should come out on top.
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