Whenever Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs clash, be it in the Barclays English Premier League, the Capital One Cup or the FA Cup the match is usually characterized by a desire by each team to show their supremacy in North London. However, the red and white side of North London Arsenal over the years seem to have had the upper hand, even though they have not won a trophy for the past seven years, however, have qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the past fifteen years. In this article I would discuss the ways Arsenal can beat Tottenham Hotspurs.
Arsenal vs.Tottenham Hotspurs:
Some few years ago Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspurs was a guaranteed three points for Arsenal, however over the years things have changed and Arsenal seem to have lost their winning mentality and tend to give lose games or give away points in games which they should be taking away all three points. For instance the London derby last weekend where Arsenal took a two goal lead, but had to settle for a point after drawing 3-3 with their London Neighbors Fulham at the Emirates Stadium.
The last time this two teams met last season Arsenal were in a similar position this season, however, they were behind their North London Neighbors Tottenham Hotspurs by ten points and were on the verge of going behind by a further three points considering the form of Spurs at that time.
A defeat of Spurs marked the turning point in Arsenal’s campaign for last season’s premier league, as the Gunners came back from two goals down to win the game by 5-2. The Gunners were level at the break with goals from Bacary Sagna and former skipper Robin Van Persie who has now joined Manchester United. Second half goals came from Theo Walcott and Thomas Rosicky, with the former getting a brace on that day.
However, only two of the players who got their names on the score sheet would be featuring in the up coming North London derby at the Emirates this weekend, with the likes of Robin Van Persie and Thomas Rosicky missing out, with the later being sidelined with an injury which has kept him out since the start of the season.
How Arsenal can Beat Tottenham Hotspurs:
This weekends north London derby is a must win game for both teams, as both clubs fin themselves far outside the Champions league spot, Tottenham sitting on 7th position with seventeen points from 11 games on the league table just above their north London rivals Arsenal who sit on 8th position with only sixteen points from 11 league games.
It is obvious that both teams would settle for nothing but the maximum threepoints. If the home side really want to keep their hopes for a Champions League spot alive, then just like last season they must beat Spurs at home on Saturday.
The home side Arsenal need to show character, they need to show their desire to succeed and not just qualify for the UEFA Champions League every year. Arsenal need to show ambition. For me they have got the players who can force this course for the Gunners, they have got a good fan base and should not let their fans down especially against Spurs.
Three ways on how Arsenal can beat Spurs:
1. Start Theo Walcott on the right wing on Saturday. The English winger is found of scoring against Spurs as he netted a brace in the previous meeting.
2. Arsenal should play with five defenders on Saturday. It has been rumored that manger of the side Arsene Wenger is contemplating playing five defenders at the back considering Arsenal’s recent poor defensive performances which has seen the Gunners drop points and have not won their last three games, losing against Manchester United, drawing 2-25 away at Schalkje 04 after taking a two goal lead and most recently drawing 3-3 to Fulham at home after taking a two goal lead.
I think that if Arsenal play with a back five with Johan Djourou coming in as the fifth defender, playing in the defensive midfielder role and moving Mikel Arteta up, which would give the team a more attacking advantage as Mikel Arteta would partner Santi Cazorla. Johan Djourou is a center back and trhat is why I think he should be played in the defensive midfielder role.
Arsenal could also consider using Captain Thomas Vermaeln in the defensive midfielder role, with the return of left back Kieran Gibbs, giving the back five of Kieran Gibbs, Laurent Koscienly, Per Metersacker and Bacary Sagna. The midfield three of Thomas Vermaelen/Johan Djourou, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla. The front three of Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud.
Players like Jack Wilshere, Ox-Lade Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey could come on later in the game.
3. Start Wojciech Szczesny. The polish goal stopper is Arsenal’s first choice goal keeper, and looks more secured between the sticks than Vito Mannone who was partly t b e blamed for the three goals conceded to Fulham last weekend.