It’s been a long time before people have seen the North London Derby at such opposite extremes. Tottenham’s competition and challenge for the big men climbed to convincing first place after 10 rounds. In contrast to that situation, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are diving in the second half of the standings with just 13 points. The worst start in their history could still last when they face Tottenham at home in this weekend’s game.
The challenge for the champion candidate.
The league has gone a quarter of the way and not Manchester City, Liverpool or Chelsea, Tottenham are the top team in the league. After losing on the opening day, Jose Mourinho’s men showed extremely convincing form as they went unbeaten in the next nine rounds despite having to face big clubs such as Manchester City and Chelsea. Tottenham even played Tennis at Old Trafford with a 1–6 win over Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho’s side played solidly on the home side and made extremely sharp counterattacks to finish off their opponents as quickly as possible. We talked a lot about the excellence of Son Heung Min and Harry Kane on the attacking line. Both Son and Kane are in competing positions for the title of top scorer, even Kane is the league’s top assist, something very rare in previous seasons. The pair understood each other’s attention to each line and it was not easy for a defence to prevent them from scoring.
But this sublimation will be difficult to survive throughout the season when the special shoe schedule is the biggest cause for the stability in the performance of each player. They play in the Europa League on Thursday and Saturday against Arsenal at home. Mourinho understands this very well and the options like Bale and Lucas Moura will need to show more of their role. Tottenham are looking forward to winning the Premier League for the first time in their history. Mourinho did the same thing in his first managering Chelsea in 2004. Let’s wait and see how Mouteam’s performance against an opponent that is not easy to play is Arsenal at home.
Arsenal needs more confidences.
Arsenal and Tottenham are shown two completely opposite faces. While Tottenham have gone up from defeats, manager Mikel Arteta’s back-to-back victories earlier in the season are no longer remembered too much. They continually lost or were held to a draw by weaker teams and as a result Arsenal were ranked 14th, conceding 13 goals and the arsenal team’s goals were only one goal better than Son Heung Min’s personal record.
Arsenal’s poor form came from too many problems but most of their personnel were not good enough to compete for first place in the standings. Mikel Arteta’s squad often plays extremely deadlocked when their opponents actively back down deep. Arsenal’s late third-half passes were ineffective as they lacked a player as good as Kai Havertz at Chelsea or James Rodriguez at Everton. Ironically, a player of similar qualities on Arsenal’s payroll, Mesut Ozil, is not registered for this season.
To win this match, perhaps Arsenal fans should wait on the return of Aubameyang. The current Arsenal captain is in unsomed form in the first games of the season. It is not often when he is always appreciated for being the top scorer.
Arsenal are in poor form but their head-to-head history supports them in their encounters with Tottenham.
Possible starting line-up
- Tottenham: Hugo Lloris, Davinson Sanchez Mina, Rose, Eric Dier, Matt Doherty, Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Pierre Emile Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Harry Kane, Son Heung Min.
- Arsenal: Bernd Leno, Sead Kolasinac, David Luiz Moreira Marinho, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, G. Xhaka, Bukayo Saka, D. Ceballos, Hector Bellerin, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Lacazette.