Tottenham v Arsenal
White Hart Lane
Kick off: February 07, 2015 – 12.45 PM BST
It’s that time of year again, when Tottenham Hotspur start believing they can finally break their duck and finish above us in the Premier League.
We’ll be making the long trip to White Hart Lane, with confidence high following our convincing victory over Aston Villa; our fifth consecutive win in all competitions.
Hull, Stoke, Manchester City, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Aston Villa have all fallen to us in recent weeks, and having scored 15 goals and conceded just twice we are looking dominant.
Nine different players have found themselves on the score-sheet during that time, so hopefully we will see plenty of goals against Spurs today.
Our opponents haven’t been bad lately either unfortunately, but their performances have been far more erratic. They’ve already been knocked out of FA Cup, and in two matches against a struggling Crystal Palace they’ve managed just one point.
They put five past Chelsea though, and have two in-form attacking players in the league – Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane.
The Danish playmaker is the heart of Mauricio Pochettino’s team, and the one that will require special attention from Francis Coquelin.
The Frenchman has done a great job lately, and played a key role in our impressive win over Man City. He has added discipline and stability in midfield, and the way he repeatedly shut down David Silva was vital to our victory.
Kane is a striker that has put expensive purchases like Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado to shame with his goal-scoring ability, and is likely to keep Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny busy.
David Ospina is a safe bet in goal. Four clean sheets in a row, and just one goal conceded from open play since his arrival.
Hector Bellerin scored his first Arsenal goal last week, and he will be looking to double his tally today.
Nacho Monreal might need more defensive support from Mesut Özil today. The Spaniard has been rock solid lately, but can’t be left exposed.
Mertesacker and Koscielny are the heart of our defence, and will both players have excelled in recent North London derbies.
Coquelin has gone from a failed prospect to the first name on the team-sheet in just a month-and-half, and is an irreplaceable member of the starting eleven.
Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla will create problems from the middle, with the Spaniard in particular showing fantastic form lately,
Özil should play on the left again, and his passes for Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud will hopefully carve the Spuds open.
Finally, Olivier Giroud will lead the line, the formidable French forward showing arguably the best form of his career since his return from injury.
Hopefully we will get that all important victory, but the hosts will be trying to avoid defeat at all costs. A loss against us could kill their hopes of Champions’ League once again, and put them in a difficult position heading into a packed schedule.
I’ll go with a 4:0 victory for us. Two from Theo, one from Ollie, and one from Santi.
Bellerin Mertesacker (c) Koscielny Monreal
Welbeck Giroud Özil
Spuds 0 v 4 Arsenal