Arsenal and Tottenham rekindle an intense rivalry on Saturday at Wembley Stadium. Tottenham will look to put more ground in between themselves and Arsenal in the race for Champions League football next season. After salvaging a point away to Liverpool and getting a win at home to Manchester United, Spurs have a chance to finish this horribly three-game stretch with a bang and essentially knock their arch-rivals out of the top four race.
Arsenal need to play close to perfect for the rest of the season if they are to finish in the top four. To do that they’ll have to fix their awful away form. That has to start on Saturday with a win over Tottenham. A loss here essentially knocks them out of the race for top four and a draw is only marginally better. They need to win away from home against Spurs for the first time since March 2014 to inject a bit of hope into their league season.
- With Toby Alderweireld back playing in midweek, Tottenham have no injury issues to worry about, according to Physioroom.com.
- Nacho Monreal is expected to recover from his illness in time for Saturday, but both Danny Welbeck and Petr Cech will undergo late fitness tests before the match to determine whether they can play. Arsenal will also continue to be without Santi Cazorla.
Facts & Info via StatsZone
- Spurs have only lost one of their last seven games against Arsenal. That loss came earlier this season.
- This would be only the fourth time that Arsenal will have done the double over Spurs in the Premier League if they manage to get the win.
- This is the first meeting between Spurs and Arsenal at Wembley since April 1993.
- Spurs have dropped 37 points from leading positions in Premier League games against Arsenal – more than any team has against another in the competition’s history.
- Spurs have won 28 out of a possible 39 points in home games at Wembley Stadium this season, so far dropping 11. They dropped just 4 points last season.
- Harry Kane has scored 6 goals against Arsenal in 6 games.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 4 goals in 4 previous appearances against Spurs.
Tottenham: Harry Kane
It’s hard to pick anyone other than Kane as the key man against Arsenal. He has owned them in the past, scoring six goals in six appearances. The meeting between the two in November was the first time he had started a game against the Gunners and not scored. He’d love to start a new scoring streak against them while winning in the process.
Arsenal: Mesut Ozil
Even with all the new signings, Ozil is still the most important player at Arsenal. He is arguably the best pure creator in the world, making 3.7 key passes per 90 minutes according to Whoscored.com, and he just makes the Arsenal attack click. The German has scored away to Tottenham before, but he is yet to score at Wembley in his Arsenal career. He’ll hope to change that on Saturday.
Arsenal have been unspeakably bad away from home, so it’s tough to see Spurs losing this one.