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Preview: Tottenham vs Arsenal, Team News, Starting XI & Prediction
The big one has arrived as Arsenal make the sort trip up the Seven Sisters Road to take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday lunchtime.
The importance of winning this game needs no introduction, but the fact just one place and two points separates us in the league table certainly adds a little extra spice to proceedings.
Thankfully we hold the two-point advantage heading into the game and arrive in excellent form having won our last five games in all competitions.
The latest came with a 5-0 thrashing of Aston Villa last weekend and we’ll certainly have a great chance of bringing home the three points if we replicate that performance again.
For me, on paper Spurs aren’t a great side but a number of late goals have helped them snatch last minute wins to keep them in touch of the top four.
However, we know it’s going to be an extremely tough game and form often goes out the window in derbies. Let’s just hope the boys take inspiration from last years win that saw Tomas Rosicky score a worldy to win it 1-0.
The big news is whether Alexis Sanchez could play some part in the game. Arsene initially ruled him out on Thursday but hinted at his press conference earlier today that he’d make a final decision after training as Alexis was desperate to play.
Although there were reports coming from Chile this afternoon that claimed Sanchez was facing a month on the sidelines as he’s apparently torn his hamstring – but let’s assume those reports as bullsh*t or we’ll sink into a deep depression….
Danny Welbeck is available again but will most likely start on the bench with Olivier Giroud keeping his place up front.
Jack Wilshere is back in full training on Monday but this game comes too soon so he’s unavailable along with Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy.
Arsene may opt to go with an unchanged line-up for the game but I’d personally like to see one change with Gibbs coming in for Monreal:
I don’t really like making definitive predictions for this sort of game but let’s just say I’m confident we won’t lose. I don’t particularly rate this Spurs side but they seem to have a habit of grinding out results, so let’s hope we can keep things tight at the back and we should have plenty of firepower to cause them trouble at the other end.