London Derby Preview: Tottenham vs Arsenal

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Tottenham Hotspur will host Arsenal football club at 16:30 on Sunday for the first time since the two teams appointed new managers. The last time the two North London clubs met was when Tottenham visited the Emirate Stadium to take on Arsenal under coach Mauricio Pochettino on September 1, 2019. Arsenal was then managed by Unai Emery. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.

Their meeting tomorrow at the magnificent Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be under a new era, the era of Tottenham’s Jose Mourinho and the era of Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta. It is a meeting of legendary tactician and young managerial blood.

It is a meeting of once upon a time top 5 teams that have suddenly become mid-table clubs. Arsenal and Tottenham are currently occupying the 8th and the 9th spot respectively with just a point separating the two clubs.

Arsenal current form

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta
Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta

Arsenal football club is currently enjoying their time of the season since the Premier League returned from the Coronavirus break. In fact, since the beginning of this year under Mikel Arteta, the club has been showing signs that they are preparing to return to their glory days.

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Though the restart of the season didn’t start too well for the Gunners as they lost 0-3 to Manchester City and then 1-2 to Brighton, they have shown that they want to finish strong this season.

They won four out of their last five games and drew one. This means that they have remained unbeaten since June 25. In those games, they have scored 11 goals and conceded just 2 goals, meaning that they have a very organised defence and a sharp attack.

Tottenham current form

Coach of Tottenham Hotspur Jose Mourinho
Coach of Tottenham Hotspur Jose Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur started the season horribly but they tried to pick up their pieces when Jose Mourinho took over. However, their progress have not been consistent as they tend to give away points that would have taken them higher on the league table.

Since the restart of the season, Mourinho has led Tottenham to five matches. In those five matches, Tottenham won two, lost one against Sheffield United and drew two against Manchester United and Bournemouth. The team scored 5 goals in the last 5 matches and conceded 5. This means that the more they score, the more they concede.

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The most horrible match in their last 5 games was not the one they lost but the one they drew against relegation-threatened Bournemouth on Thursday. In the game that ended 0-0, Tottenham failed to register no shot on target throughout the match.

Arsenal’s team news

Embattled Arsenal midfielder, Mesut Ozil is still battling a back injury and he is likely to miss the match. Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli and Calum Chambers are still out with knee injuries. While Pablo Mari is out with an ankle injury.

Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah will also miss the match due to the red card he got in their last match against Leicester City which ended 1-1. The club tried to appeal the 3-match ban but the English FA failed to overturn the VAR decision.

Arsenal’s possible line-up: Martinez; Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ceballos, Tierney; Saka, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Tottenham’s team news

Eric Dier of Tottenham football club has been banned from playing football for four matches for attacking a fan on the stands in an FA Cup match three months ago. Hence, he would not be available for tomorrow match.

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Tottenham’s midfielder Dele Alli will not be available for the North London derby as he is down with a hamstring injury. Tottenham will also visit the Emirate Stadium without Japhet Tanganga and Juan Foyth due to injuries.

Tottenham’s possible line-up: Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Sissoko, Winks, Lo Celso; Lucas, Kane, Son

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2, Arsenal football club 1

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