Arsenal v Tottenham Preview

The local derby factor in this game makes it a fiery game anyway, yet the fact that both of these sides are battling for a Champions League place adds extra zeal to the fixture. While Arsenal have been used to be the more dominating out of these North London sides, this term it looks as though Spurs are going to finish higher with the White Hart Lane outfit currently ten points ahead of their opponents.

There is absolutely no doubt that Arsenal have experienced one of their worst campaigns for years and years and this has meant that incredibly, Arsene Wenger is under a lot of pressure. Having suffered a comfortable 2-0 defeat to Sunderland in the FA Cup in their last outing, the Gunners now appear to be out of every competition going and that means that the only thing left playing for is Champions League qualification. Unfortunately, with the Emirates Stadium outfit currently sat in 5th spot, that is an achievement that most certainly isn’t guaranteed which is why this fixture is of particular importance. Having suffered defeat to Sunderland last week and a 4-0 loss to AC Milan in the game before that, there is no doubt that confidence at the club is very low. However, the Gunners did win their last game at home 7-1, while they have also won four of their last five at the Emirates Stadium.

With opponents Tottenham sat on fifty three points, some supporters may not have their eye just on Champions League qualification but also on the title. Admittedly, it would be an amazing feat, but the club do have the opportunity to cut down the margin between them and Manchester City to seven points on Sunday. With the club suffering just one loss in their last fifteen games, confidence at White Hart is sure to be high as well. With that being said, their statistics away from home are slightly concerning with Spurs currently without a win on the road in the Premier League since the end of December.

As for team news, Arsenal might be without two players ahead of this game as late decisions will be made on defensive duo Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs who are both struggling with injuries. It’s a much better outlook for the visitors on the other hand, with Harry Redknapp poised to welcome back the likes of Luka Modric, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Emmanuel Adebayor and Rafael van der Vaart. On a sourer note, Spurs do look set to be without Ledley King as he continues to struggle on the treatment table.

As for a prediction, we expect a draw in this clash. While Arsenal may have experienced a difficult few weeks, their home form still appears to be intact. Spurs on the other hand may be flying, but their away record is slightly inconsistent and we just don’t think they have quite enough to get all the three points. With that, we’ll tip a 1-1 draw.

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