The weekend kick-offs with a bang as Arsenal entertain Tottenham at the Emirates. Both teams have struggled to find form this season and will be looking to get one over their fiercest rival. With Chelsea, Man City and Man Utd sure to battle it out to finish first, second and third, both teams will be battling it out to secure the last remaining Champions League spot.
Spurs have lost Modric and Van Der Vaart but have done well in the transfer market bringing in Dempsey and the ever-impressive Dembele. Like their rivals, Arsenal also lost a key man, Robin Van Persie. Wenger has brought in Giroud and Podolski, but both are yet to set the league alight. The Gunners will be boosted by the news that both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wojciech Szczesny will be fit for Saturday’s game.
Both manager’s will be looking for victory on Saturday with the hope that it will kick-start their respective seasons. The Gunners currently sit in a disappointing eighth position and the signs are clear that they are not ready to challenge for the league. Spurs will want to turn around recent results and finally show some consistency under AVB. Both sides are likely to line-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation and there are some key battles to be observed. Sandro will have a huge job of keeping a close eye on Cazorla. The little Spaniard runs the game for Arsenal, keep him quiet and Arsenal will struggle.
Adebayor will likely start upfront on his own and cannot be given time on the ball. Arsenal’s best chances may be attacking the wide areas. The pace of Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could hurt Spurs. Walcott’s crossing has improved and if he can get in the right positions, Giroud could be a handful.
I expect this game to be very tight, and can see this being a score draw. Expect Arsenal to show their attacking flair and impress early on, but defensive lapses could cost them dearly.
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