Tottenham vs Arsenal match preview, team news and key battles to watch out for
Tottenham are within touching distance with Chelsea who are top of the table, but Arsenal have the chance of ending any title hopes nursed by Mauricio Pochettino and his men when they travel to White Hart Lane tomorrow. Any result other than a win for Arsenal will diminishes their chances of ending the season in the first quartet of the League table, a feat they have achieved over the last decade.
Arsenal have endured the most torrid season since Wenger took over the reigns of Arsenal – we lost four away games in a row in the League and dropped to an unfamiliar sixth position but with the latest three consecutive wins, the players are expected to be psyched enough to face a high flying Tottenham side, who have won their last eight matches in the League.
Arsenal will be without Shkodran Mustafi and David Ospina who are still recovering from injuries. Wenger revealed that Koscielny has chance to feature tomorrow after he picked up a knock in Arsenal’s game against the Foxes, Lucas Perez has returned and is in contention for the game tomorrow. The long term absentees remain Santi Cazorla and Jeff Reine-Adelaide.
Other than Mousa Dembele, who limped off the pitch in Tottenham’s win over Crystal Palace, Pochettino has a nearly fit squad. Danny Rose has made a timely return and is expected to start.
Key Battles: Dele Alli vs Granit Xhaka
Dele Alli was awarded the PFA young player of the year for the second season running and the youngster has proven to be handful of baggage for defenders and midfielders who try to mark him out. This term, he has scored 16 goals in the Premier League and provided 5 assist. For Xhaka, he’ll not be expected to distribute the ball alone, he must be on Alli who operates behind Kane.
Wanyama and Ozil
Despite all the much talk about kante of Chelsea, Wanyama has proven himself to be the best marker in the League. He makes the midfield of Tottenham impenetrable. Ozil may have to raise his game to play against Wanyama.