Arsenal head into the second match of “nervy November” against their fiercest rivals, a side that haven’t won in six matches, with their last win coming against Manchester City at the start of October. I feel that this is a good time for Arsene Wenger’s men to face their North London rivals and what better time to inflict Spurs’ first defeat of the season than in front of the home fans. Knowing Arsenal, however, they’ll probably “Arsenal it up”. In order for us fans to have fingernails by the end of the match, let’s hope Arsenal get done and dusted ahead early and go into the international break on a high.
Arsenal could be with Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal, and Santi Cazorla ahead of their important North London derby clash who are all still struggling to shake off injuries. However, Wenger expects Hector Bellerin to return following leaving him behind for the midweek match in Bulgaria. On the possibilities of Granit Xhaka playing, Wenger has indicated that Xhaka has to be weary of his responsibilities. He also went on to say that his side must maintain a strong discipline.
Following their exploits in Europe in the week, you’d say that Arsenal have the upper hand, thus have the chance to inflict Tottenham’s first defeat of the season.
Arsenal haven’t beaten their geographical rivals since March 2014, whilst you have to back to February 2015 for the last time Tottenham beat Arsenal.
Can Arsenal extended their unbeaten run in all competitions, and hand their rivals their first defeat of the season? Can Tottenham Hotspur claim their first win since early October, and inflict Arsenal first defeat since the opening weekend of the season?
Tottenham already hold a rather strange record of being unbeaten, but not currently sitting in the top four spots. For that to change, they must go out there, and prove why they are genuine title contenders.
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