Tensions run high across North London as one of the fiercest rivalries in world football is rekindled when Arsenal face Tottenham Hotspur at The Emirates.

Arsenal are unbeaten in 18 of their last 19 home games and play Spurs who have not won away to Arsenal since November 2010. 

Form goes out the window in games of this magnitude though, both teams are hurting from defeat. A morale-boosting win over their heated rivals is the perfect way to get their season back on track

Both suffered defensive lapses last weekend and any more errors this time would be gracefully punished. Newcastle found joy down the flanks against Spurs and perhaps Emery should also deploy wing backs to negate Tottenham’s threat down the middle with adequate numbers infield; whilst simultaneously exploiting their deficiency in wide areas.

Spurs and Harry Kane are in a rough patch. Image Credit:

Pertinently, summer defensive addition David Luiz plays his best football in the center of a three-man defence. The experienced Brazilian would hope to prevent Harry Kane from adding to his nine goals in nine north London derbies.

Should Emery opt for a back four then fit-again Callum Chambers should come into the side 

Alexandre Lacazette would be itching for a return to the starting lineup having been offered a cameo appearance against liverpool, mustering only eight touches. What’s more? He maintains a hot streak at the Emirates, scoring 28 of his 37 goals for Arsenal at home.

The gaffer hinted at starting his full-strength attacking trio of the Frenchman, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pépé. Their combined speed, killer instinct and Peperito‘s unpredictability with his movement and trickery makes it a very long evening in prospect for Tottenham’s defence. Bearing in mind the intensity at which the Gunners tore them apart in this fixture last December.

Unai Emery is set to unleash his deadly front trio on Spurs. Image Credit: Stuart MacFarlane/ Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Alongside Lucas Torreira’s screening presence off the ball. Dani Ceballos would be keen to impose his Spanish-flavoured midfield flair on this London derby that promises electrifying attacking football. Harry Winks, however, would be keen to thwart Ceballos’ influence in midfield.

Mauricio Pochettino is likely to start with Christian Eriksen – who now looks likely to remain at The Tottenham stadium for the time being – and Jan Vertonghen, who has not played a minute this season. 

Vertonghen’s likely return will be aimed at improving a defensive unit which has been all over the place this season.

The Argentine manager hopes Kane would have knocked off his August cobwebs, as despite scoring two goals on the opening weekend his marksman has lacked sharpness in all the games. Thankfully for Poch, the game kicks off on September 1.

The Gunners boss is keen to win the tactical battle. Image Credit: Getty Images

For Fantasy Premier League tips, Lacazette would most likely deliver points as he always does at home and his attacking partners are also worth more than a decent look-in. No defensive players from either team though, it could rain goals.

Coming up against Arsenal’s weakness at defensive set-pieces, Christian Eriksen’s  prowess at dead balls can fetch him a fair amount of points. 
Son Heung-Min returned from suspension last week and can get off the mark with attacking numbers against Arsenal. 

Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela have each scored for Spurs away to a top six side this season and either may have a say on the final score.
Bolu Alabi-Hundeyin
August 30, 2019
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Bolu Alabi-Hundeyin

Chief Editor of the Football Castle, Bolu Alabi-Hundeyin is a football junkie and writer of the beautiful game.

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