Match Preview: High Stakes in the North London Derby As Tottenham and Arsenal Chase a Champions League Spot
- A season-defining North London clash will today take centre stage as both Arsenal and Tottenham chase Champions League spots
- An Arsenal victory will see them book a ticket to the UEFA Champions League after a five-year absence
- Spurs are unbeaten against Arsenal in seven home games while Arsenal will be out to do a league double over their rivals
The football world will tonight be treated to one of the most epic North London Derbies of all time. Arsenal make the short trip to their neighbours Tottenham Hotspur with a Champions League qualification berth at stake.
Arsenal know that a victory tonight will all but guarantee their return to Europe’s elite competition after a five-year absence. Spurs meanwhile want to cut the gap to just a point with two games to go of the season.
Mikel Arteta’s charges have won four consecutive games and will head into this blockbuster full of confidence. Arsenal snapped a three-match winless streak to beat Chelsea and Manchester United in successive games. They also saw off West Ham United before beating Leeds United over the weekend.
Antonio Conte on the other hand has been blowing hot and cold since his appointment. He will however draw inspiration from frustrating League contenders, Liverpool, at Anfield.
According to BBC Sports, Arsenal will be out to complete a league double over their rivals for the first time since the 2013-2014 season. The first leg ended 3-1 in Arsenal’s favour. At that time, Spurs were still under Nuno Espirito Santo.
Arteta will be alive to the fact that they are facing a different animal this time around. Son Heung-min is chasing the Golden Boot. He currently has two goals less than Mohamed Salah. Together with Dejan Kulusevski and Harry Kane, the trio has formed a very exciting partnership.
Eddie Nketiah will also be hoping to continue with his impressive form after hitting four goals in his last four games.
Conte will still have to do without Matt Doherty, Sergio Reguillon and Oliver Skipp. The former Chelsea manager is expected to name the same squad that did duty against Liverpool.
Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney are continued absentees for Arsenal. Bukayo Saka and Ben White also face late fitness tests to be ready for the game. In White’s absence, Rob Holding will be expected to partner with Gabriel Magalhaes.
Lloris; Davies, Romero, Dier; Hojberg, Bentacur, Sessegnon, Emerson; Kulusevski, Kane, Son.
Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, Gabriel, Holding, Cedric; Xhaka, Elneny; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Nketiah
Source: Sports Brief News