SCORE MORE WIN MORE OFFER
Jose Mourinho has criticized his team’s attitude following their 3-3 draw away at LASK, but there’ll be no shortage of motivation heading into a North London Derby, while fringe players will return to the bench.
The Gunners enjoyed a far more comfortable night hosting Rapid Vienna, but likewise Mikel Arteta made changes and a different team will take to the field here.
Tottenham have lost just once in the league since early July (W10-D5-L1) and up against top sides Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd, Leicester and Arsenal, they’ve won four of five unbeaten games.
Tottenham To Beat Arsenal
A goalless stalemate last time out with the Blues felt reminiscent of past Jose Mourinho sides, but they actually scored at least twice in each of those four victories in big games, though they’ll be happy just to get the job done and maintain their title challenge.
Mikel Arteta appeared to be making progress with Arsenal as they won the FA Cup and added the Community Shield.
However, after losing just five of his first 22 league games, things have gone pear shaped recently and they’re just W2-D1-L5 since late September, with even one of those victories coming by a single-goal margin over rock-bottom Sheffield Utd at the Emirates.
Scoring goals has become a problem and the Gunners have registered just two across their past six league outings now.
Star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has gone off the boil and since an opening day strike at Fulham, he’s managed just the solitary effort in nine subsequent matches.
Pepe is still suspended, Alexandre Lacazette and Willian have failed to deliver the goods, while Mesut Ozil didn’t even make the squad.
Alarmingly, the three sides in the relegation zone are the only teams with worse offensive records this term.
Tottenham’s defence is by no means perfect but it has conceded just once in five matches. The clean sheets against Man City and Chelsea in the last two are particularly encouraging, especially given Toby Alderweireld went off injured in the first of those games.
Although this game should come too soon for him, replacement Joe Rodon has performed well and will expect to keep his place if the Belgian international isn’t ready.
The potential absence of Harry Kane is of greater concern, though the England captain is expected to be fit for this clash, as are left-back Sergio Reguilon and back-up striker Carlos Vinicius.
However, Arsenal are still likely to be without midfielder Thomas Partey, who will undoubtedly improve them when he returns.
-1 Handicap Draw
Tottenham deserve to be favourites for this clash, but we wouldn’t expect them to run away with proceedings.
Only one of their past six league games has been settled by more than a single goal, while six of Arsenal’s last eight defeats have come by a solitary strike.