Dele Alli faces fitness test ahead of West Ham match


I can see that the derbies are always different. Near the touchline you could look into our fans’ eyes – their necks would be bulging with the veins sticking out, and they would be screaming things like “get it done today Jenas”.

The Czech global was carrying a minor groin problem going in to the game at the Emirates and Wenger believes his number one over-compensated and subsequently pulled his calf muscle while running back from a last minute corner. Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Dele Alli are expected to come back into the side after starting on the bench in Wednesday’s loss at West Ham.
For all Arsenal’s flaws under Wenger, one fate that has yet to befall them is to finish below Tottenham in the league.
However, Steve McClaren’s side had also not played a match for 18 days since they were thrashed 5-1 at Chelsea, and it showed for much of the game.
Gunners boss Wenger is likely to make changes for tonight’s must-win clash with Swansea but it remains to be seen whether Sanchez will be taken out of the firing line and his determination to play may make it hard.
They picked up the win without head coach Francesco Guidolin, who was admitted to a London hospital with a chest infection, but still managed to dent both Arsenal’s confidence and their title hopes.
But it would be doubly worse if, by blowing their best chance to win the league since 2004, Arsenal opened the door for Tottenham. That is what worries them the most.
With Tottenham and Arsenal within three and six points of league-leading Leicester, respectively, both teams may be overly cautious, afraid to make too much of a mistake and eliminate itself from title contention.
St Totteringham’s Day is the time in each season when it becomes mathematically impossible for Tottenham to overtake Arsenal in the league.
While they were thinking that way this season, they have shot past what they thought they could achieve but they are up there now and it is up to them to maintain it.
Tottenham’s best chance came on the hour when Harry Kane somehow missed his kick in front of goal after West Ham keeper Adrian saved a low 25-metre drive from Toby Alderweireld.
“I think all of the teams that have a mathematical chance are still in the race”.
“If you’re looking at quality of football then Arsenal’s quality of football has been superior”, he told 888sport.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side’s poor first half performance was a key reason why they fell to defeat at West Ham on Wednesday night, according to ESPN. I know they also got beat midweek but Arsenal seem to really struggle to get themselves of their ruts. Time moves on and West Ham have been presented with a flawless opportunity to progress, but night games in particular are very special here in east London. It is like they peaked at a certain point and now they are just hitting the self-destruct button.
“We want the focus to be on trying to win the next game, and we won’t talk about the title”.