Even the most optimistic of Arsenal fans will feel uneasy as they make their way to the Emirates Saturday lunchtime. Whilst it may take more than a few high placed seasons to suggest there has been a total shift in power in North London, there is no denying that currently, Spurs have the better team. Not only that, they have a manager that the whole club is behind and a chairman that is showing ambition.
Tottenham fans will have a pretty good idea who will start the North London Derby, Arsenal fans will be wondering if Wenger is going to attempt to bewilder the opposition by dropping Alexandre Lacazette and playing Francis Coquelin at centre back again. It didn’t work against Liverpool, it didn’t work against City and it certainly won’t work against Spurs.
Both teams are likely to opt for a 3-4-2-1 formation, a system that Spurs have used to great effect in the past 2 years, and one that Arsenal still look less than convincing in. Toby Alderweireld’s injury offers Arsenal some hope, particularly as the Belgian has become the central man in the Tottenham back 3, however, Harry Kane and Dele Alli have been declared fit, both of which found the net against the Gunners last season.
These games are about passion and desire as much as they are tactics, but with key Arsenal players refusing contracts and big money signings sitting on the bench it’s not just Wenger’s tactics that will be a concern in the red half of London.
This is now a game that Spurs should win, but one that Arsenal simply have to.