Date: 8th February 2018 at 12:34pm
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This weekend’s game pits us against our biggest rivals, Arsenal.

For many Spurs fans, this is the first fixture they look to when the Premier League schedule is published. As is often the case, it will be a game with big ramifications.

The key points this time around are:

* When Spurs finished above Arsenal for the first time in 22 years last season, many Arsenal supporters dismissed the achievement as a one-off thing. With only 12 games to go, a victory on Saturday could create a 7-point gap which will be hard to overcome for Arsenal. Not only would it virtually eliminate Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the top 4, it would confirm a true changing of the guard in North London.

* On current form, Spurs have the advantage. In the last 6 games, we are unbeaten (including a win against top 6 rival Manchester United and a draw at Anfield) and carrying momentum. Arsenal, on the other hand, may have eliminated Chelsea from the League Cup in their last 6 games, but they have also lost twice, to Swansea and Bournemouth.

* Head to head, in the last 10 games, Spurs have won 2, Arsenal have won 4, and the teams have drawn 4. While we lost at the Emirates this season, our 2 victories have come in the league, at home, in the last 2 seasons. Winning at Wembley would make it 3 home wins in a row.

* On the pitch, there will be many subplots. Harry Kane has said in the press recently that he still plays with a chip on his shoulder from being released by Arsenal. Arsenal will be looking to make a statement after revamping their squad in the January transfer window. Alexis Sanchez, Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud are gone, and Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang are in. With players of undoubted talent have joined Arsenal they have not only lost key players but also failed to address glaring weaknesses in their back four.

* All in all, as long as Spurs can avoid costly mistakes (of which we were guilty again for Liverpool’s opening goal) and can keep Arsenal’s attacking talent quiet, there will be many holes to exploit in Arsenal’s defence. While Spurs can count on a fully-fit squad, there are serious doubts for Arsenal over the availability of Petr Cech, Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal. Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee.

My prediction: Spurs 2 Arsenal 1.

What are your thoughts and predictions?

 

139 Replies to “Spurs Have The Whip Hand This Time v Arsenal. Don`t We?”

  • BS … Good on you for the article. 2-1? C’mon, you know we’re going to blow them out the water …. 3-0.

  • Here we are again.. Gooners manager trying to have a dig at poch and Dele… It shows how much he and their fans are worried about how spurs have improved last 3 years. IMO harry to score 2 and spurs win 3-1. As to their new signings, we dealt with Auby the B Dortmund player already, and Mity as well previous games. Dele has to be calm and play his A game, no diving or tantrums, just quick passing and movement. Toby back in the team.. So Lloris tripps toby sanchez jan rose, victor moussa, ericsson Ali and Harry. Subs Lamela Dier, Vorm, Aurier, Sonny, Lorente. COYS

  • I am pleased to see last night the young lad Foyth is getting better, he has tremendous calmness about him when pressured and can play out from defence, so not too long till he has more confidence and (2 yrs) before he can step in for Toby.

  • Let’s see our lads dominate sufficiently that Mr. Wenger spends much time kicking plastic water bottles and generally losing his composure. 4 x 0 Spurs win and after the match Mr. Wenger blames it on some obscure referee’s decision. I’d like to see a brief entry by Mr. Moura at the end, with a quick introductory assist to a goal by our Harry Kane.

  • High press meets high press…whose the fittest? Our defence vs their defence? Whose better in the box, them or us? Who is better at angles in the Box Ramsey or Alli? Do we have the better ability to pass our way up through midfield vs their ability to move the ball upfield ? who will find the pockets of space better, Ozil or Eriksen? Who has the better wide men?…in the final analysis it could come down to who wants it more? IIMO – Who ever scores first will be key to the outcome of the match! COYS!

  • At last a pre-match article so that we can argue, discuss, debate, moan, praise, or condemn the teams performance, the ref, individual performances, and of course most importantly the result. Regarding my own result forecast, I think it will be very close, with a draw possible, but we mustn’t lose. Hopefully this article will generate 100+ posts as they used to do. Congrats on the article Belgian and thank you.

  • So best combined 11? Ten Spurs players plus Bellerin or can we find space for Ozil or Aubamayang. Surely the rest haven’t got a hope 🙂

  • “Whoever scores first will be the key to the outcome of the match”. You could also say, it’s whoever scores last… What if no team scores?

  • Here’s my own uneducated form of nonsense prediction: Spurs 4-1 Arsenal. And that’s from whoever scores 1st to whoever scores last!

  • We need Dele to step up or sit on bench for a few games, rather then looking for attention with diving and silly yellow cards. We were very poor in first game, going with my head I think with arse new signings and needing to win they might pip us.

  • Not gonna happen 123spurs. You know if Alli and Dier are fit, they’ll start. Personally, I’d start with Dembele and Wanyama. Dier to replace Dembele late on. If winning, give Moura a cameo, taking off Dele.

    Can’t decide between Trippier and Aurier, though I’d prefer Aurier for his aggression. Rose may be rested after making a 90 mins return v Newport, but can be brought or later to mantain team energy.

    We might see Lloris, Verts, Toby, Trippier, Davies, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Son, Dele + Harry.

    As for their signings, Auba may need more time to settle, Mkhi should be up to speed, Wheelchair is returning to some form, but their defence can be pressured. Please, please score 1st and go with aggression from the off. 3-1. Should be another big crowd. COYS!

  • Belgian, Thanks for the article. I’ll echo Franks wish for a 100+ posts… cue David O’Brien. ;o)

  • CS … Should be another RECORD crowd, don’t you think? I agree with your starting eleven, and it leaves a very useful looking bench for later in the game. If there is no score after 25 minutes I think we will cruise to a win as the game progresses. Wish I could be there!

  • Just occurred to me that we play Juventus on Tuesday, Team selection might not be as straight forward.

  • Poch has a serious decision to make in terms of shape. Arsenal have a very good attack. No doubt whatsoever that Aubameyang is a definite upgrade from Giroud and has always been difficult for us to defend. Mikataryn offers a different attacking danger than Sanchez, definitely not as tricky or as clinical but can still be a danger. I don?t see Wenger playing both Lacazette and Aubameyang together but whether he does or not they will be dangerous. Does Poch set up to attack in a 4-1-4-1 with Aurier, Toby, Verts, Rose, Dembele, Lamela, Son, Eriksen, Dele, Kane or play more defensively with a 3-2-1-3-1 with Toby, Sanchez, Verts, Aurier, Rose, Wanyama, Son, Eriksen, Dele, Kane. Also does he start Moura in place of Son? That would allow Son to come on as a game changer if things are not going well or to add greater fire power. Tough calls.

  • I suspect LMoura will not start but come on at the 89th minute. It’s the Poch way for new blood to be blooded. blood klot, man.

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