Tottenham V Arsenal: Big Game Against The Tinies

We are on the eve of what could be St. Totteringham’s day. The signs, if you believe in them, have been ominous. The Tinies have lost some key players to injuries and suspensions and were worked for over two hours on a heavy pitch. The only thing that can see them through is adrenaline, although as an Arsenal fan I should never discount a gift from one of our players.

When the teams met at the Emirates it was a third v fourth encounter. Since then Arsenal have gone on towards a title challenge despite various injuries, horrendous tackles and shocking refereeing. The neighbours have had a stop start season and are hanging in the race for fourth due to uncharacteristically poor form of their challengers.

Now we are at a stage of the season where the form book doesn’t always matter and results can be decided on the day. An Arsenal side shorn of half the first team regulars needs to step up and take the three points we need.

Tactics

The Tinies came to the Emirates with a big man upfront and a simple plan of hoofing it to him at every opportunity. Arsenal did a great job of winning the second ball and that left the visitors without a single meaningful attack in the whole game.

We can expect the Totts to work hard, close down any space, and generally make it difficult for us to move the ball. Their main attacking threats will be through Crouch and with some shots from distance. I’m quite worried about the lack of news about Song’s fitness. He was really crucial to us winning the second ball at the Emirates and I’m not sure we have anyone else who can do just as good a job.

Bale can be another big player for them down the left and it’ll be an interesting tussle if he goes up against childhood buddy Walcott.

From an Arsenal point of view, we need a faster tempo than what we’ve seen in the last few weeks. Hopefully the rest would have done everyone some good and we will come out all guns blazing. If we fail to keep the speed of our passing high then the Tinies get a better chance of closing us down and after that it becomes more of a midfield battle.

Team Thoughts

The back five should be obvious, although some might be tempted to pick Eboue ahead of Sagna. In the midfield we should have the same three who started at the Camp Nou. I am assuming Song isn’t fit for this game. Update: Song is definitely out for two games.

Up front there could be a role for Robin van Persie but I’m not sure he will start. In case he is on the bench we might actually have the same starting eleven that started in Barcelona except Campbell in for Silvestre.

The team is likely to be,

Almunia; Sagna, Campbell, Vermaelen, Clichy; Denilson, Nasri, Diaby; Walcott, Bendtner, Rosicky.

Bottom-line

We need to move on from a difficult night in Spain. The difference on that night was the best player in the world and the Tinies, sadly for them, don’t have anyone close to that class. If we win this, Chelsea will be worried.


6 Responses to Tottenham V Arsenal: Big Game Against The Tinies

  1. Jibzi says:

    Shame that Song wont be available, but they will miss Palacios (although he misses the Chelsea game as well). Ledley King might not be match fit, and Im not sure about Lennon, so I wont be sure how they will recover from their FA Cup exit.

    Great news to have RVP back, and he is most likely to come off the bench, but when he does start at Wigan, he has to be captain, because I cannot understand giving an average keeper the skippers armband. I mean, if its Casillas or Buffon or anyone of high class, then you can understand, but not Almunia.

    Anyway bro, did you see Chelski today, they won 1-0 with Anelka’s header. I didnt see the whole match, but I have heard that Bolton should have had 2 penalties, and seems like they are getting away with several decisions, like on the weekend where Villa should have had a penalty and Terry should have been sent off and be banned for 3 games for almost breaking Milners leg.

    I think in reality, that even if we beat Sp*rs, should Chelski do the same this weekend, then they will have one hand on the title and it would be beyond us. The goal difference is huge in Chelski’s favour, and other than Pool, who themselves have been awful, no team will stop them, but all we can do is win our games and keep hoping.

    • desigunner says:

      Yeah I saw the chelski game. Wilshere was quite good. They had one good penalty shout and another one was borderline. Bolton had some half chances but never tested Cech. Overall it was much tougher for Chelsea than I’d have expected and that gives me hope that Stoke or someone can cause an upset.

      Yes all we can do is win our games and hopefully the leaders will make a mistake under pressure.

      RvP will be captain whenever he starts. If I remember correctly, he was the vice-captain at the start of the season.

  2. Hong_gunner says:

    This season is very much in the balance. Today, a win against the spuds and chelsea’s inability to do so at the weekend will do us very good and put pressure, but as has been said above, chelsea winning at hart lane, with 3 games, changes will be marginal. Im a bit worried if persie might have been rushed back. I hope not. If he’s fit, we’ll do the blackburns on the away days. Its Nepali new year back at my home. Happy new year to all Hindu gunners. Today, im gonna vommit at the seats of white hart lane, after our massive victory. Lets go out there, believing we CAN do it.

  3. critic says:

    i expect a backlash on arsenal from tinies…..it’s a bad feeling.

  4. Matt says:

    Tottenham always seem to stumble against Arsenal even if they have the stars in perfect alignment.

    Who knows, the whole Tottenham team may be down with flu or virus again.

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