Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal – A breakdown of the crucial North London derby


The advantage of playing at home plus Arsenal losing both Peter Cech and Laurent Koscielny to injury is going to play a major role in this match.

Brad: It has been a sensational week for West Ham with wins over Big Sam and Spurs, however that could be over. Sometimes it can disturb you a little bit. Before we went to Old Trafford last weekend, we were thinking about the title.
But if some former players are pointing the finger at Wenger – whose odds for the sack have now been slashed from 100/1 to 40/1, notes The Sun – former managers are blaming the players for Arsenal’s predicament.
Manager Arsene Wenger has revealed the goalkeeper has a “serious calf injury” and will be out for three to four weeks.
“[Changes?] We play every three games at the moment, we have some knocks like Nacho Monreal who is not 100% so you try to freshen up”. Wenger is a living legend but nothing lasts forever – though I’m not sure I agree with those fans.
Pochettino’s men are yet to lose two consecutive matches this season, having drawn one and won five of their six previous games following defeats in all competitions. It was meant to be our year. There are some problems there but at the same time, you can’t look at Tottenham and say they are favourites.
Popular pundit Robbie Savage feels Manchester City are out of the title race and are now in danger of missing out on a place in the top four, he wrote in his column for the Mirror.
“For me it’s important to finish well and try to be on the top and be ambitious. We’ve got to keep winning games”.
The corresponding fixture at the Emirates Stadium in November 2015 ended in a 1-1 draw when Kieran Gibbs scored a late equaliser after Harry Kane had given Spurs the lead in the 32nd minute.
Striking duo Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney have mustered up just one goal at home since the turn of the year. However, Tottenham Hotspur are looking like the team to beat this season and will be fired up after that London derby defeat. “We have players who have played everywhere in Europe, in very vocal places, and when you have the right performance we have always got the right result”, Wenger was quoted as saying by club’s official website on Friday.