Arsenal will lock horns against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday at Emirates Stadium in the North London Derby. The North London Derby is going to be really interesting as Arsenal is now behind Tottenham Hotspur in the League Table after 11 matches of this season so far. The Gunners are now in 6th position in the League Table with 19 points. They had lost against Manchester City in the previous encounter with a margin of 3-1. The defeat had put them 12 points behind the League leaders and their chances of finishing in the top four are becoming difficult day by day
On the other hand, Tottenham are now in 3rd position in the League Table with 23 points. They had won against Crystal Palace with a margin of 1-0 in the previous encounter. The North London Derby will also see a managerial battle between Wenger and Pochettino where both will wish to surpass the strategies of one another.
Team News :
Olivier Giroud will not be available to play in the big match due to an injury received during the International Break. Rob Holding and Mustafi are also doubtful to feature in the big match. Santi Cazorla remained a long term absentee for them.
Arsene Wenger is playing with a 3-4-3 formation in this whole season. Petr Cech will start in the Arsenal Goal against Manchester City. Monreal, Mertesacker and Koscielny will be playing in the central defense for Arsenal. Bellerin and Kolasinac will play as two wingbacks while Xhaka and Ramsey will feature in the heart of the midfield for Arsenal. Sanchez, Lacazette and Ozil will be leading Arsenal from the upfront.
Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks were not in the England squad in the two International friendly matches. Harry Kane and Dele Alli should be available for the match. On the other hand, Toby Alderweireld is facing an hamstring injury problem. He will not be available along with Victor Wanyama who is a long term absentee for them.
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.
Possible Starting Eleven :
Goalkeeper : Cech
Defenders : Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal.
Midfielders : Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac.
Attackers : Ozil, Sanchez; Lacazette.
Tottenham : (3-4-3)
Goalkeeper : Lloris.
Defenders : Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies.
Midfielders : Trippier, Dembele, Dier, Rose.
Attackers : Eriksen, Alli, Kane.
My Score Prediction :
Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Editor’s View- End Of The Title Race?
If Arsenal lose today, it will be the end of their title race, as they will be way behind Manchester City and will not be able to recover. Pep Guardiola’s side are in no mood to lose to anyone and it seems really tough for any of the teams above the Gunners already catch hold of them, unless they really mess things up in the upcoming weeks.
It is the Citizens title to lose and if they go on a losing streak or something, though that seems highly unlikely. Let’s see what happens this weekend.