Not much between Gunners and Spurs


Could Carabao Cup scorer Tanguy Ndombele do it again at Arsenal? — Reuters

TOTTENHAM will make the trip to Arsenal tomorrow, for what should be another explosive London derby.

For different reasons, both clubs will be desperate to collect maximum points. The home team will want to build on the momentum picked up after a couple of wins that followed a dreadful start, when they crashed to three straight defeats. Spurs, on the other hand, are coming off the reverse, having won their three opening matches, only to lose the next two.

The form book in these derbies is often tossed out of the window and this fixture looks just like one of those. In short, there appears little to choose between the two.

The winner may well be the side that wants it more, that shows a greater hunger to win and goes after the game.

In this regard, it would appear the Gunners have the edge, even if they do look slightly wanting in terms of personnel.

But in lads like 20-year-old England international Bukayo Saka and Norway’s Martin Odegaard, 22, Arsenal have some genuine quality in youth.

Head coach Mikel Arteta is expected to recall Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and/or Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe, among others, to the starting line-up tomorrow.

Arteta made 10 changes to the team that beat Burnley last weekend for the comfortable three-goal win over AFC Wimbledon in midweek.

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo will similarly make changes, although he did have Tanguy Ndombele and skipper Harry Kane in his side that saw off gritty Wolves in a penalty shoot-out on Wednesday.

All Spurs fans, and to a degree even some of the opposition, know that if Kane comes with his shooting boots, then Tottenham have a real chance of winning — that is how good he is.

And they will be hoping that the England captain indeed finds form to down the Gunners.

Deli Alli too has found good form under Nuno, as has Eric Dier. And if they offer enough support going forward, Arsenal may well have more on their plates than they can handle.

But with the way things have stacked up recently, this game looks likely to end in a draw, and maybe with goals in it.

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