Arsenal visits noisy neighbor in a London Derby

It is gameweek 11 in the English Premier League, and Arsenal takes the fight to the Noisy rival and neighbor Tottenham who have been the better side this season.

It has been a shaky start to the 2020/21 season for Arsenal, with manager Mikel Arteta’s side scoring lesser goals and the top striker and club captain Aubameyang yet to find his finishing form for Arsenal this season.

It is undoubtedly going to be hard for Arsenal to face Jose Mourinho’s side, who have been so far pacey with the addition of former and now player Bale from Real Madrid. Tottenham, a team which has been so far this season, lost just two games this season, drawing London rivals Chelsea and seeing to the demolition of Manchester United, making the crow of London trash the devil in a devastating 6-1 affair away from home.

On the other hand, Arsenal has not been impressive in their run this season with a recent loss from Wolves’ hand and the former game against Leeds United, which ended in a frustrating draw.

The Mikel Arteta’s side travel to Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London this Sunday to revive hope to battle for the League title, but they will be without key signing Thomas Partey who is out with a thigh injury since the three-nil loss at home to Aston Villa.

TEAM NEWS:

ARSENAL:

David Luiz: Arsenal might be without the Defender following his head clash with Wolves’ Raul Gimenez in the game on November 29; and is now being assessed, and we are told he will not be playing for days. Time of return? Not known yet.

The decision to allow Luiz to play on in that game was widely condemned, but Arteta has opened the door to him featuring again this weekend if the scar is healing as expected.

Gabriel Martinelli: sustained a knee injury in training since June but is back in full training with the first team, and will be tested in the U-23 match before the end of December before making his first-team return early next year.

Nicolas Pepe: following his send-off from the pitch against Leeds, he is currently unavailable for selection until after the match against Burnley.

The Gunners are still without the suspended Nicolas Pepe, but they could be boosted by an early return for Thomas Partey, who is set to be back in training ahead of this match.

TOTTENHAM:

Harry Kane: The top scorer for the team missed the Wednesday game against LASK, even if Jose Mourinho has said he is confident of his return to play against Arsenal on Sunday, the English man hasn’t been seen in training, hence is doubtful for the match. Return date, unknown.

Toby Alderweireld: the Belgian was forced off in a 2-0 win over Manchester city some time ago, but it is a big boost for his team as he is back in training ahead of the Arsenal match.

Erik Lamela: The Argentine winger is still on his way from recovery and will not feature in the North London Derby this Sunday.

RECENT FORM

Tottenham Hotspur Premier League form: DWWWWD
Tottenham Hotspur form (all competitions): WWWWDD

Arsenal Premier League form: LLWLDL
Arsenal form (all competitions): WLDWLW

Battle Formations: Give them NOTHING but take from them — EVERYTHING

Tottenham vs Arsenal Preview

...Mikel Arteta cannot wait for Sunday's north London derby.

“It’s a unique atmosphere, it’s a lot of passion and feelings involved. Emotionally, it’s a special game and you live. When you win it, you know the satisfaction that you bring to people, which is very necessary in these moments when people are suffering and having difficult times.

“We have that ability to make people happy, so let’s give everything to try to bring that to them.’

~ Mikel Arteta

WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW!

Kick Off Time: 5:30 PM {WAT}

POSSIBLE STARTING LINEUP:

ARSENAL: (4-4-2) Leno, Bellerin, Gabriel, Holding, Tierney, Willian Ceballos Xhaka, Saka, Lacazette, Aubameyang

TOTTENHAM: (4-3-3) Lloris, Doherty, Hojberg, Alderweireld, Reguilón, Sanchez, Sissoko    Lucas Moura, Son, Bale, Dele Alli

HEAD TO HEAD

Tottenham’s 2-1 victory in the corresponding fixture last season, when Alderweireld scored a late winner, means that Spurs could win back-to-back Premier League games against Arsenal for only the third time in the competition’s history here.

Spurs are also now unbeaten in their last six top-flight home games against their near neighbors stretching back to 2014 – their longest such run since a nine-game streak from January 1960 to January 1968.

There could be a place in history for both managers this weekend too; Arteta is looking to avoid becoming only the second Arsenal boss ever – after Bertie Mee in 1966-67 – to lose his first two North London derbies, while Mourinho is looking to become only the second Spurs boss – after Jimmy Anderson in 1955-56 – to win his first two.

OUR PREDICTION:

With the turnout of recent games, Arsenal {14th on the league table} haven’t been impressive enough to boast for a win against a Tottenham team who have this season, beaten such teams as Manchester United and getting a draw against Chelsea and sits at the top of the league table, but for hope and solidarity, the minimum prediction is:

Tottenham 1 – 2 Arsenal.

COYG!!!

Match Preview by Adeyemo Adesola