Date: 28th August 2019 at 12:00pm
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Following the hugely disappointing defeat to Newcastle United last weekend, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for a reaction from whatever first team squad he chooses to select for this Sunday’s derby encounter with Arsenal.

Making the short trip to the Emirates Stadium for the game, it’s not just a return to winning ways and three points that we’ll be looking for, as both sides are playing for the bragging rights.

Unai Emery appears to have a few doubts of his own as we head into the game, and with injuries to Juan Foyth and Ryan Sessegnon being of a lengthier nature, we’ll simply have to see if Poch can call on Tanguy Ndombele, Dele Alli or Kyle Walker-Peters for this one.

Three games in, there’s certainly no reason to panic, but even for those fans who feel this season is a transition period as Poch reshapes the squad for the future, we want to be celebrating the win at the end of this one.

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    • at least around the emirates ground theres Signs all around telling the fans of arsenals monumental amount of league title and cup wins, unlike their opposition at the rocket ship down the road who have not won a league title for sixty years and instead have the magnificent motto TO DARE IS DO plastered everywhere????????????????????????

  • Thanks DW for the Gooners thread, I am really hoping for a win, it would be a massive statement, bragging rights and all that, but even as a massive fan there is a doubt in the back of my mind, not good as am an optimist and we beat everybody up until ko. COYS

  • There are three possible results. I doubt that any of them would be a shock. I’m looking forward to a very competitive game.

  • Having followed this forum for some time I thought I’d dip my toe in. By the way my title is a little misleading as my season now carries the legend ‘senior’.

    An observation I made after the first two home games was that almost all of our passes were made to players standing still or walking. I was longing to see a ball played in front of a running team mate who could take it without breaking his stride. So much more difficult to defend against. Perhaps arsenal will oblige us with a little more space for this to happen. I can only hope.

    My other point is that more than once I have the dreaded phrase ‘transition season’. After the relative success of recent years we should be expecting progression not transition. Fellow supporters of my vintage have witnessed far too my transition seasons that have led nowhere.

  • Hi Barnet B.. as many on here know I am also a spurs fan of senior years…. so don’t worry it was a “senior moment”.. 🙂

  • I hope our players have received the kick up the backside they deserved from Poch and poch from Levy. We cannot accept this clueless play again.

    At least arsenal will try to play and we can get back into our normal away game mode… fast moving players and passes. RB is a worry, Aurier or Dier or Sissoko? I thought at RB sissoko drifts out of position and does not fully see attacks happening and loses the wide player. Jan Verts should start a back 3 with toby sanchez RCB erikson, amf with sissoko / tanguy and lo selso / dele on bench. HK10 and moura / sonny. COYS

  • Massive game – because of Newcastle result we have to be honest and say cannot afford to lose – do not want to go 5 points behind the Arseanal already! What a terrible result Sunday was. At the back we’re in trouble with no recognised RB – maybe have to go 3 at the back with Verts, Toby and Davy, play Sissoko and Davies as wing-backs, WInks holding and then play Eriksen, Sonny, Moura and Kane. Ideally we need to get back to winning ways – the pace of Sonny and Moura could be crucial – that said they are devastating up front aswell so we’ll have to ride our luck somewhat. Trying not to think about it too much but last year they owned us in both matches and we’ve started terribly this season so does not bode at all well to be honest – will have to be a surprise package to get the result we want!

  • BB …. Nice of you to join us, mate. I totally agree about passing the ball in front of a player. I get very frustrated when there is plenty of room but the ball is still played to a point where the receiver has to wait for it or go back for it.

  • I’m reading and wondering why it’s being suggested we’re in transition.we bought four players of which only one has kicked a ball and joins another at sick bay.
    We’re playing with players who know each other and us in the dark as to why the manager is refusing to play our better defender with one not yet a reader of and lacking in marking.
    I’m flabbergasted so will wait until the window shuts to judge, seeing as the manager suggests the squad is unsettled by it.
    Think I’ll break till the window closes…. Coys

    • Given we have been crap now for just about all of 2019 in PL matches, a win would be a surprise. The zip has gone and we rely on possession yielding the odd chance. It’s as if reaching the CL final was the peak of this group’s ambition and the hunger is no longer there. For some at least, but enough to destabilise the dynamic. Some serious refocusing needed.

      • I’ve been thinking the same thing LT, either that or the disappoinment of losing has left the squad with a sort of PTSD (no disrespect to genuine sufferers intended) and Poch has been unable to lift both himself and the squad. The other possibility is that we have hit our glass ceiling with this manager and squad of players?

  • It seems to me.. over the last few weeks, Poch is in a situation he has never experienced before and is struggling to deal with it. Levy is not really helping in his usual transfer and contracts dealings. But after 5 years poch should be well versed in this Levyism…

    Letting Llorente leave before a replacement signed was a bad idea, and Llorente is right not to return on lesser wages just to please Levy. Moaners can say what they say, but IMO…Llorente did do a good job for spurs as back up, and scored a few vital goals. How many of us would return to place of employment after being let go… on lower wages when other clubs are interested? So self respect of Fernando is understandable, especially as he is in twilight years of playing, and not desperate for the money, as he would have re-signed by now.

  • Morning block 108, while I respect your view on this I think it was the right thing to do in releasing Llorente. People keep saying we no longer have a plan B but in my view he was far too similar to HK10 in his play to be described as such. A plan B would be changing up from having a target man to having a mobile front three with fast tricky players, hence having someone like Moura to bring on, the problem here is that Poch won’t take HK10 off unless he is injured, even when he is completely anonymous in games as he has been quite often in 2019.

  • BB….welcome from another senior, good 1st post there.

    TQ2S….yes the local Pompey lads n lassies are excited with the draw, they are in their words getting ready to welcome! the “Scum”.

    Block 108….you wrote about Poch being in a situation he wasn’t used to, 100% agree there as I mentioned the same on another thread.

    As for the NLD on Sunday, I am as other’s stuck here, I want a win, but not sure we will get it, but as all should know form! goes out of the window in these clashes, so anything can happen. COYS

  • Welcome Barnet Boy from yet another old bugger. With regards to the NL Derby, we will need a dramatic improvement in form from that that has prevailed during 2019, during this period of some 15+ games we have shown bottom 6 rather than top 4 form. Unless we defend properly against Pepe and either or both of their 2 central strikers we could get seriously damaged. We need to introduce more pace and penetration to our forward play, and hopefully we will be given some opportunity by the inclusion of Luiz in the centre of their defence. I am afraid that a point will represent a reasonable result in our current form. Surely there should be a reaction to the scandalous home defeat by Newcastle.

  • Poch’s away record against the big teams is poor. He needs to do something different to change that pattern. Arsenal will come out fast and will press us high. I think we should abandon playing out from the back at least from the beginning of the game. It simply doesn’t work against the better teams largely because we are not very good at it. In recent seasons we have been favourites to win at the Emirates but have consistently failed to do so. We seem to have beene surprised by Arsenals energy which is ridiculous in a derby match.
    I have a feeling Ben Davies will start at left back, i wonder will Poch play three at the back as well.
    I am expecting Poch and the team to step up on Sunday, another poor performance an I imagine to fallout will be immense – not least on this site. COYS

  • Frank….”scandalous home defeat by Newcastle” being generous and nice there lol! but I am with you regards a reaction from the lads.

    DH….am with you there for the team to step up. COYS

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