In the first leg of this Europa League tie, Arsene Wenger picked a very strong Arsenal side to cope with the rigours of below zero temperatures and a plastic pitch, and they left Sweden as comfortable 3-0 winners. But tomorrow, Wenger has to consider making changes to the starting line-up with the League Cup Final against Man City coming up on Sunday, butwould he risk playing with a completely second string X!?
Many Arsenal fans are getting worried about the fixture congestion in this final quarter of the Premier League season, but our one free weekend so far (just gone) happily coincided with our round of 32 Europa League tie double-header against Ostersund.
After last week’s emphatic win over Everton, I didn’t think that Arsene Wenger would make too many changes to the Arsenal starting line-up, although Ospina for Cech was expected to be a forced change due to injury.
Lee Dixon has claimed that Jack Wilshere should be the first name on the Arsenal team-sheet for the crunch encounter with Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon.
The Gunners travel across North London to take on their noisy neighbours this afternoon, and Arsene Wenger may have some tough decisions to make for the crucial encounter.
Arsenal make the short trip across North London to take on Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley this afternoon, in what could prove to be a huge factor in our bid for the top four. Our side currently sit down in sixth place in the Premier League, four points behind today’s opponents, and five behind Chelsea in the fourth and final Champions League place. A loss today would see us fall to seven behind our noisy neighbours with only 11 matches remaining. If you fancy a bet on the game, then Arsenal are an extremely good price at around 5/2, which is a bit high for me given our record at Wembley.
Sead Kolasinac was Arsenal’s first signing of last summer’s transfer window and he started the season in fine form with his agressive style and great attacking vision. He seems to have fallen a bit out of favour with Wenger at the moment, but he is hoping he will be in the team tomorrow and is looking forward to beating Tottenham again tomorrow after playing in his first North London derby back in November.
This week’s View From The Enemy comes from the excellent SpursOdyssey website which has been going for even longer than JustArsenal and is well worth a visit if you want to know what’s going on with our biggest rival. So congrats to Paul Smith for his dedication. In this preview, he talks about Tottenham’s previous encounters with our new signings and the effect they have had on results, especially Aubameyang. Read on and enjoy…
Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal team always seem to be extra highly motivated whenever we play at Wembley, and although Tottenham have an excellent record there this season, Arsenal can also boat a 9-game unbeaten run at the Home of Football. And when you consider that our last three visits ended in victories over Chelsea (twice) and Manchester City, we can not help but feel a little bit confident tomorrow.