The North London derby is one of the fiercest rivalry in English football as both Arsenal and Tottenham have recognized each other as one of their biggest rivals. The fixture never fails to live up to its expectations as both London clubs perform to their best in order to establish dominance in the region. This time the stakes are high The stakes are high as Arsenal and Tottenham compete for bragging rights.
Tottenham, who confirmed that they will be playing at Wembley next season before returning to a new stadium, will hope to win the last North London derby at the White Hart Lane and keep up with the League leaders Chelsea, who are 4 points clear at the top. Things are even better for them at their home ground as they’ve won 12 games in a row. They haven’t lost once at home this season and they were the ones to end Chelsea’s winning streak back in January.
Mauricio Pochettino will look to capitalize on his young talent and take advantage of an Arsenal defence which conceded 3 goals in 4 of their last 5 away league matches. Players like Harry Kane, Dele Ali and Christian Eriksen can very well link up the play to stay in the title race.
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Arsene Wenger will be taking charge of his 50th North London derby and will try to mastermind a victory over their local rivals. This can very well be his last North London derby as he’s yet to confirm whether he’ll be staying at The Emirates as Arsenal has slipped out of the Premier League picture and crashed out of the Champions league. The Club supporters have also turned on the 67 year old french man with #Wengerout being circulated around the Social Media.
The Gunners will go into this match with a FA Cup final place secured and a rejuvenated confidence that they can finish in the top four. Wenger has many tactical options to chose from including whether to stick to his new 3-man defence and the choice of Striker among Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck. He also has to deal with injuries in the squad with Laurent Koscielny’s involvement in question and Shokdran Mustafi out for 2 weeks.
This North London derby has all the elements to make it all the more interesting as both teams have a lot to play for. It remains to be seen whether Mauricio Pochettino guides Spurs closer to the title or Arsene Wenger wins his potentially final North London Derby.