Posted on February 10, 2018 by ADMIN

Spurs v Arsenal Match Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction – New stars first test

St.Totteringhams day Keep calmArsenal 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.

Losing simply cannot be an option if we intend to re-emerge as contenders for a place in the CL thanks to our league position, while the possibility of qualifying through the Europa League has to be a back-up option.

We come into the match full of confidence, having put Everton to the sword last weekend as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan made their full debuts, with both directly contributing to goals in the 5-1 thriller. The striker opened his account with a sublimely calm chip over the on-rushing goalkeeper, while the 29 year-old midfielder notched up a hat-trick of assists.

Our rivals will hardly be downbeat over their form either, having gone 11 matches without losing but with only two wins from their last five outings, they will hardly be brimming full of confidence.

We have been boosted by the availability of Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck, who could well feature in the match, but Petr Cech and Santi Cazorla will not make it. Arsene Wenger revealed that he would not be risking the goalkeeper when he has full confidence in David Ospina, but Cech could well find himself on the bench for the tie. Tottenham on the other hand are expected to have a fully fit squad to choose from, but could well be distracted by the upcoming challenge of Juventus, who they must travel to in three days time.

The toughest decision for the Frenchman may well be whether to start Aaron Ramsey or Jack Wilshere alongside Granit Xhaka in midfield, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jack taking Alex Iwobi’s place in the side from the XI which started against Everton. The England international has been in fine form this season, as has his midfield counterpart, and Wenger may struggle to leave either out of his line-up.

This decision may well lead to a 4-3-2-1 formation with both Rambo and Jack lining up alongside the Swiss international, or one of the pairing may well be played in a more advanced role instead of the Nigerian international.

Predicted XI:

Ospina
Bellerin  Koscielny  Mustafi  Monreal
Xhaka  Ramsey
Wilshere  Ozil  Mkhitaryan
Aubameyang

I cannot wait to see our new-look attack in action again, and it will be very interesting to see the duo in what will come as their first big test since joining the club.

The new signings have brought a new level of excitement and creativity into the club, and I can’t help but feel upbeat about our chances against our noisy neighbours. I would be very surprised to see either side hold onto a clean sheet this afternoon.

I hope to see both Mkhitaryan and PEA on the scoresheet this afternoon, and I will go for an impressive 3-2 win at Wembley, with Kane also likely to score, adding to his tally of six goals which he already has against us.

This win could well give us the impetus for a strong end to the season, and would no doubt put us in a great position to reach the top four, especially with Chelsea currently freefalling and appearing to be in turmoil.

What are your expectations for the crunch tie? Who will be the key man to look forward to?

Pat J

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18 thoughts on “Spurs v Arsenal Match Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction – New stars first test

    1. gotanidea

      Dive Army? Ha! Predicted XI (4-1-2-2-1):

      …………………..Ospina
      Bellerin . Koscielny . Mustafi . Monreal
      …………………..Xhaka
      ……………Ramsey . Wilshere
      …………….Ozil …. Mkhitaryan
      ………………Aubameyang

      Key men to look forward to are Mkhitaryan and Kane.

      1. Break-on-through

        Yeah that would be ok with me. Ram raider and willpower can drop back when defending. And if Ozil or Henri try the same we would outnumber Spu in one of their strongest areas. Also I’d see good opportunity for interchanging between positions making us harder to read. And when a fullback gets up in support he should have no excuse not to find his own player.

  1. OxInTheBox

    get real.
    i want arsenal to win but when was the last time we performed in an away game against a top 6 side? wenger just can’t prepare the team to those kind of games.
    hope we win. realistically, it’s up to the quality of spurs performance

    1. Break-on-through

      Chelsea, and cup/shield finals, at this ground. It’s not an ordinary away ground it seems to be one we like. We have good memories whereas spuds I’d imagine would prefer to be at the lane.

    1. gotanidea

      Aubameyang was brought in to compete with Lacazette. A fierce competition between them will be very good for Arsenal, like Kolasinac-Monreal-Niles and Ramsey-Wilshere competitions.

      I am more worried of players that do not have strong competitors, such as Ozil, Xhaka and Bellerin. They can slack off whenever they want and will still start at each game.

  2. Phil

    Totally confident today.The team GOT AN IDEA has put out is likely to be the side but you know Wenger he just can’t find a way to drop Zhaka and not include Iwobi.
    Looking forward to walking back to Wembley Park after the game side by side with 80,000 Spuds on the way back to their Homes (with wheels on).Bad enough coming out of the Lane with only 30,000 of them.Where do these other 50,000 come from?They we’re not at any of the matches where only 35,000 turned up and that includes AWAY FANS.There is only one answer.THEY ONLY COME TO SEE THE ARSENAL.

  3. Rkw

    If we have xhaka Ramsey and mustafi in starting eleven I will be thankful for a draw if he adds Iwobi to that combo it will be a loss … They have a solid defence which is vulnerable however to speed so a combination of ozil miki pea and laca could cause them trouble sadly I don’t see the fossil going for that today

    1. TW14-TH14

      You are a miserable human being. You think this your “fossil” nonsense is funny? Don’t think hiding under the anonymity of the web should grant you the right to abuse noble men who have contributed more to a better world than you can ever do in your whole miserable existence.

      1. Rkw

        TW14 … says it all … but maybe you could start a religion with the fossil fiber his religious qualities .. juarsicism anyone

  4. AndersS

    Playing Ramsey and Ozil against a top team is the recipe for disaster, as we have too little defensive cover in midfield, so I really hope you are wrong.
    As we don’t have any real defensive midfielders, we need a combination of players in midfield, that can protect the defense, with some defensive discipline. Otherwise good teams like Tottenham will score 3-4 goals against us, and Wenger will blame the ref. or individual mistakes.
    Xhaka, Elneny and Wilshire is actually our best combination against top teams. Ramsey should be benched.

  5. Steve h

    Ospina.
    Bellerin. Kos. Mustafa. Montreal.
    Kolsanic.
    Mkhitaryan. Ozil. Wiltshire.
    Lacazett.
    Aubameyang.

    This may work, give Lacazett a chance, don’t write him off just yet. Ozil will have more options in front of him. And let’s see Kolsanic support the back four. Coyg

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