Arsenal are unbeaten against Tottenham in four games now and Nacer Chadli’s goal in last September’s meeting at the Emirates was the first time the Gunners had been breached since the last meeting at White Hart Lane in the 2012/2013 season.
Both clubs have had a similar run of highs and lows this season, and the fact that it will be a fifth-versus-sixth duel just about summarizes what to expect in terms of intensity, passion and desire for results.
This particular encounter, though, should prove a good test for both sides about their ambitions to play in the Champions League next season and while there will be 14 more games to gain points from, neither team would want to yield any more ground to the other at this stage.
Spurs will fancy themselves as a bit hard to beat at home, having lost none of their last six League games playing in-front of their fans. Their last defeat in any game, however, did come in the fourth round home tie to Leicester, having to pay the ultimate price for their complacency in not finishing the game off when they were in the lead.
Eriksen…….You have to say he was the best bit of business Daniel Levy did with that entire Bale-out fund. He has managed to score free-kicks in nearly every game he has played this season and it is hard to think of any other player who has had as much conversion success as he in the last five years in the Premier League. Which would imply that Mertesacker will have to caution his mates on not being too rash in the areas around the box. Not only has the Dane been bending in dead balls for fun but he’s been fizzing lose balls from the edge of the box quite well. It will be Coquelin’s biggest test yet.
Pochettino is likely to retain the side that saw off West Brom last week Saturday.
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