Arsenal will lock their horns against Tottenham Hotspur in the North London Derby on Saturday. The match is going to be really important for both the sides to make it to the top four in the Premier League to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season. Since the departure of star winger Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal, this transfer window has been a rather overwhelming one for the Gunners. The latest great news for the North-London club is that stellar play-maker Mesut Ozil has signed a new three and a half year contract extension with the club.
They got a brilliant midfielder (Henrikh Mkhitaryan) for a winger who didn’t want to remain at the club (Alexis Sanchez) and had his contract expiring at the end of the season in a swap deal with fierce Premier League rivals. They broke the club record for signing one of the most prolific goal-scorers (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang) in the world from Borussia Dortmund. And arguably their best player (Mesut Ozil) just extended his stay at the club.
Manager Arsene Wenger has finally seemed to learn from his past mistakes and do good business this January. He has managed German World Cup winner Mesut Ozil to remain at the club for another three years just before the play-makers contract was set to expire at the end of the season.
There was a lot of rumors regarding the highly rated midfielder’s future as many news outlets spread out false information about Ozil leaving the club either this January transfer window or in the summer as a free player after he ran out a contract. But the former Real Madrid winger has ended any possible transfer speculation after committing his future at Arsenal for another three and a half years that will extend his stay at the Emirates until 2021.
Team News :
Tottenham Hotspur :
Lloris will start at Tottenham goal. Vertonghen, Sanchez and Davies will start in the defense. Trippier, Dier, Dembele and Rose will take positions in the midfield while Eriksen,Alli and Kane will be leading Spurs from the upfront.
Arsene Wenger is playing with a 3-4-3 formation in this whole season. Petr Cech will start in the Arsenal Goal against Everton. Mustafi ,Chambers and Koscielny will be playing in the central defense for Arsenal. The highly specialized duo of Bellerin and Kolasinac will play as two wing backs while Xhaka and Wilshere will feature in the heart of the midfield for Arsenal. Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang and Ozil will be leading Arsenal from the upfront.
Key Players :
The match is going to be highly interesting due to some key battles in the field. There will be battle in each position in the field in this big occasion. It will be great to watch Lloris vs Cech, Mustafi vs Vertonghen, Mkhitaryan vs Alli, Ozil vs Eriksen and Aubameyang vs Kane for the football fans.
Possible Starting Eleven :
Tottenham Hotspur : (3-4-3)
Goalkeeper : Lloris.
Defenders : Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies.
Midfielders : Trippier, Dembele, Dier, Rose.
Attackers : Eriksen, Alli, Kane.
Goalkeeper : Cech
Defenders : Koscielny, Mustafi, Chambers.
Midfielders : Bellerin, Wilshere, Xhaka, Kolasinac.
Attackers : Ozil, Mkhitaryan ; Aubameyang.
My Predicted Scoreline :
Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Arsenal.