Premier League Matchday 28 preview: Tottenham vs Arsenal
Although the Gunners have won two latest Northern derbies (with the same score 5-2), they will undoubtedly struggle to secure the victory in the next one. With Tottenham enjoying arguably their best football for years and their leader Gareth Bale being in the form of his life and scoring 11 goals in the latest 10 games, the draw would be a decent result for Arsenal.
Despite Arsene Wenger reiterating he has no special plan for Bale, it is unlikely that he does not use some tactical ploy to keep Bale at bay. Arsenal’s leaky defense has made too many mistakes leading to goals in the latest games, and it depends on the tactical and rhetorical skills of the Arsenal boss to succeed against the Welsh wizard. Should Arsenal suffer defeat in the North London derby, they drop seven points behind the fourth spot, which reduces to a minimum their chances of Champions’ League qualification the next season.
Tottenham team news:
Jermaine Defoe has recovered from his ankle injury and could feature in the game against Arsenal However Andre Villas-Boas faces selection headache, as he should decide whether to include Defoe in the starting XI, or risk Adebayor, who is known for his bad temper and was sent off just 18 minutes after the beginning of the North London derby in November.
Sandro, Kaboul and Huddlestone will be definitely out of Sundays’ game due to damaged knee, while Dempsey will be on the sidelines because of calf injury.
Arsenal team news:
Arsenal set to miss their defender Sagna after he has picked up a knee injury, while Diaby is a major doubt with a calf problem. Gibbs is on a long-term injury list with a thigh injury.
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