According to soccer statistics expert Michael Caley, despite Leicester’s continued grip on the top spot, the victor, if there is one, of Saturday’s massive North London Derby will become the new favorite to win the League title – something that Arsenal has not achieved since 2004.
Seven of Harry Kane’s 16 league goals this season, meantime, have been openers and he is good value to net first having scored twice in this fixture last season.
Arsenal’s challenge for the Premier League title suffered a major blow on Wednesday when they lost 2-1 at home to struggling Swansea just days after a damaging 3-2 defeat at Manchester United.
And although Walcott does play up front, it isn’t consistently, with Campbell calling for Wenger to play Walcott in one position and avoid alternating his role. “The players are good to feel the stadium is behind us”.
Yet for years Arsenal were defined by an ability to beat Tottenham and finish ahead of them, regardless of whatever else was happening.
Arsene Wenger says Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is detached from the Gunners fans and has accused him of joining the prawn sandwich brigade.
Defeat for Spurs would represent a second consecutive loss for the first time this season and would certainly set nerves jangling among the Tottenham faithful.
White Hart Lane is a venue that holds happy memories for Arsenal.
“Everybody has been talking about the hard run of away games Arsenal still have to negotiate”.
They have obvious weaknesses to target, such as the centre-back partnership between Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista, and the incentive of going top of the table, even if it is only for a few hours.
Tottenham’s high-pressing game has been a key feature of their performances this season, but Wenger said his side showed they can do the same when they faced Barcelona last month.
“We seem to enjoy coming here for whatever reason but we need points from all places now and nobody thought we would get them here”.
Nabil Bentaleb is unlikely to feature after he played 63 minutes for Tottenham’s Under-21s against Reading on Thursday night. The defensive trio made up of centerbacks Robert Huth and Wes Morgan with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has been especially impressive as they’ve recorded nine clean sheets this season.
But Wenger bit back at Henry and they may now have an awkward conversation at the club’s training ground today.
The disappointment of a 2-2 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday was followed by the welcome bonus of seeing title rivals Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City all lose 24 hours later.