Sunday sees Arsenal travel to the cursed ground of fierce rivals Spurs hoping to pull back their title charge on track. Arsenal have had a change in fortunes since their defeat against Stoke, mainly due to the FA Cup win over Everton and this has seen a change of atmosphere in the team and among the fans.
Arsenal haven’t won on three of their last visits to White Hart Lane and Arsene Wenger will be looking to get that record in order by playing his strongest possible team despite the piling number of injuries.
This game should see Szczesny return to goal after having not played last week. The defence should see similar faces with Mertesacker, Koscielny and Sagna. Vermaelen played left back against Bayern but with Monreal back in full fitness, he should make a return to the squad.
The midfield is a bit thin in numbers and should see Arteta and Flamini in the pivots. Flamini is the kind of fiery player needed for derbies like this and he should be expected to produce the much needed fire in Arsenal’s belly whilst on the pitch. Ozil is injured and his no 10 position will likely be taken by Santi Cazorla although it could also go to Rosicky who had a mesmerising game in that position against Tottenham the last time we played them. The wings should see Podolski and Chamberlain both of whom who were excellent against Bayern.
Giroud will most probably start despite a lacklustre performance against Bayern but time again he’s showed flashes of his brilliance and Arsenal will need all of it tomorrow to triumph over their sworn rivals.
Regardless of the team Wenger puts out on Sunday, I sincerely hope playing the little noisy neighbours will motivate all of them to put up a show and get us the maximum 3 points. Nothing but the 3 points will be good enough for the title challenge and I hope the boys ( men ) realize this.