Arsenal take on North London rivals Tottenham in today’s clash at White Hart Lane. Spurs currently sit fourteen points ahead of the Gunners in second place, Wenger’s team need three points if they’ve got any chance of playing Champions League football next season.
Tottenham might still be dreaming of catching Chelsea, but sit four points behind them. Although this will be the first season that they’ll finish above the Gunners in the last twenty year, Arsene Wenger has reassured fans that one year doesn’t compare to twenty consecutive years…
This will be a big game for both sides, with the first game between these two ending in a draw in November, hopefully, we’ll fair better this time around! However, with Tottenham Hotspur comfortably sitting above Arsenal in the league and at home, they’ll be full of confidence.
Laurent Koscielny was in full first team training yesterday, so it looks like he’ll be starting the match. Hopefully, Rob Holding will come back into the side also after impressing against Manchester City. With Shkodran Mustafi out injured, it means that Gabriel will come back alongside the other two.
Monreal will surely play as left wing back, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain likely to come back in as the right wing back. Although this depends whether Wenger will be seeking a more defensive set up, which might be wise against this attacking Spurs team. Ramsey and Xhaka will start in the midfield, with Alexis and Ozil ahead of them.
Wenger will probably start Giroud up top, although it might make it easier for the Tottenham’s defence, he certainly holds the ball up well. If it’s not working that way than Wenger will have the ability to bring Danny Welbeck on from the bench, which will create room for the team as he drags defenders left and right.
Wenger really needs to win this one and the rest of the games this season, if Arsenal have any hope of being in the top four at the end of the season.