Tottenham Hotspurs v Arsenal Gunners
Tottenham Hotspurs Vs Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Sunday 3rd March 2013.
Last Win/Defeat Last Win/Defeat
Won 2-3 v West Ham (A) 25/2/13 Won 2-1 v Aston Villa (H) 23/2/13
Lost 2-1 v Everton (A) 9/12/12 Lost 2-1 v Chelsea (A) 20/1/13
Last corresponding Game:
Sunday 2nd October 2012 at White Hart Lane
Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal.
Tottenham: Manager, Andre Villas Boas.
Andre Villas Boas is quoted in the media as saying “Emotion will decide this game, not tactics.”
With the Season’s end approaching (only eleven games to go) injuries continue to play a pivotal role for most teams and Andre Villas Boas’ injury concerns centre around whether or not to send Emmanuel Adebayor on to the field given all of Younes Kaboul, Sandro and Tom Huddlestone are absent with knee injuries with Clint Dempsy also out of action with a calf injury.
This next encounter between Tottenham and Arsenal cannot be described as being anything other than a key match with the Spurs sitting in third place and Arsenal at fifth spot – just four points behind the Spurs.
Tottenham’s confidence can only be enhanced following their 3-2 win at West Ham which takes the Spurs to three consecutive wins as they now sit on eleven matches unbeaten with just one defeat.
Tottenham’s last win was indeed “a massive win” with the Spurs putting on display all of the determination and character which is evidenced by their current status on the English Premier League table.
The North London Derby is always an exciting fixture and this next match up between the Gunners and the Spurs should not prove to be an exception.
Arsenal: Manager, Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal too have their injury concerns with defender Barcary Sagna being out with a knee injury. Midfielder Abou Diaby maybe a starter, however, defender Kieran Gibbs will definitely be out owing to a thigh injury.
English Premier League football does not get much more exciting than a North London Derby between long time rivals, Tottenham and Arsenal especially so owing to both teams being so close on the English Premier League table with both teams acutely aware they are playing in a tightly held race to the top.
Wenger is quoted throughout the media as saying “We must stay calm and focused.” “The nerves always play a part in these kind of games and for us it will be very important to focus on what we want to do.” Furthermore he claims it is essential for his team to maintain their current form.
Currently Arsenal are 4 points behind Tottenham and 2 behind 4th placed Chelsea.
Arsenal really must win this game with statistics showing that in the last 12 games they have won 8 drawn 2 and lost 2. Arsenal must maintain their position as they cannot afford to drop points with only 11 games remaining for this season.