The London derby hasn’t been much bigger. It’s the title showdown between two teams that are arguably quite distant from the top spot, so as vague as the stakes are, the emotions will be that vivid. Arsenal have lost their previous three games and Arsene couldn’t get hold of his disappointment after the Swansea game but Tottenham, the story that could be compared to Leicester’s has turned a bit sour too after their defeat to the Hammers. Both teams will contest this fixture on the back of Premier League defeats but more often than not, everything is the past when it comes to derby matches. Footbet brings you the preview and build up before the London shake-up.
Where is this going for Arsenal?
Well as painful as it is for the football club, so far the story has been the same as before. After raising the bar, they fall down below their usual.
Since that win at Leicester which was supposed to spark a title chase, everything has gone south for the gunners. The disappointment of fans echoed in that silent interview room where Arsene gave his post-match conference. When asked what the defeat meant for their title hopes, he vaguely replied “I don’t want to think about that now. We’re very disappointed!” Since that loss, the attacks have been as vicious off the field as they can with almost every analyst and football player/fan thrashing Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. You know its bad when your star player, Sanchez, goes out on the media and says the team lacks self-belief.
Saying its not looking good would be an understatement. But the silver lining, if you REALLY REALLY want to see it is that this time the storm’s come their way while they still have a chance. City, Tottenham and Leicester before that, they all slipped and there isn’t much of a difference. Of course Arsenal look like they won’t make it, but a solid performance can change that completely and that is what Arsene will be saying, This storm of rants coming their way might just prove to be the motivation they need, but that’ll require some fine psychological work on Arsenal’s behalf and that is why we aren’t making them the second favorites for the Derby. As far as we are concerned, it’s an open contest!
Spurs must be waiting for this for so long!
Spurs have had a blast of a season. They aren’t just in the top four, they’re second and they have played some of the most entertaining football in the Premier League. The high pressing and quick passing game which Pochettino has embedded into this Spurs team has paid off almost every time.
The last game was probably one of the most difficult for them this season. West Ham denied their star players space and they were caught more often than not in the back. While the game was a worrying concern for the Lillywhites, it wont be too hard to get the players mentally ready for this derby showdown. The last time Arsenal visited White Hart Lane, Harry Kane came up with the goods. Tottenham have shown they posses the nerves for the challenge ahead and they certainly don’t look as timid as Arsenal have been in the last couple of games. Having said that, Moussa Dembele might be available again. The Belgian was a key player this season till he got injured and his return could provide the motivation that’ll win Spurs the game.
|Played||Tottenham Hotspur Win||Draw||Arsenal Win|
|At White Hart Lane||5||3||1||1|
|At Emirates Stadium||5||0||2||3|
Spurs Form in the Premier League: LWWWWW
Arsenal’s Form in the Premier League: LLWWDL
Arsene Wenger confirmed that Cech and Koscielny will both be out for the Spurs game, so fragilities at the back continue. For Spurs, the big news is that Demebele might be fit to face the Gunners. We’ll bring you all the live updates as the match approaches.
This is just the appetizer, keep on checking Footbet for all the build-up and team news ahead of the very special derby.