It’s been a long time since I’ve been utterly terrified of a north London derby. I mean, there’s always nerves, because you want to see your team win these
pissing contests bragging rights deciders games, and they’re never, like, happy fun days, but this one’s different. Tottenham’s form chart for the last couple months looks like a seismograph:
while Arsenal’s is a little more, shall we say, varied:
It’s fair to say that Tottenham have all the momentum right now, even with Arsenal having won three on the trot (including the Cup semifinal). There is seemingly no slowing down the Tottenham machine right now, they’re fully healthy, and it’s the last Derby at White Hart Lane; after 118 years, they’re building a new stadium that will be ready for the 2018-19 season. All in all, it’s a really bad time to be facing them, but here we are.
It can be assumed that Arsenal will stick with the three man backline, but it remains to be seen how effective that line will be against the most rampant team in the league right now. Despite everything that’s happened, I do trust Wenger - he knows how this rivalry works (this is his 51st NLD!), and he’s not going to take stupid risks. Here’s hoping his players do the same.
Nobody will ever win more titles at White Hart Lane than the Arsenal.— RickyGee (@GeezyPeas) April 28, 2017
Sunday, April 30, 2017
8.30AM PT/11.30AM ET/4.30PM BT
White Hart Lane, London
Fourth Place Trophy Watch:
Thanks to the Manchester derby serving up the damp pile of wet laundry it did, Arsenal are currently five points out of fourth with a game in hand over both Manchesters. United plays Swansea on Sunday, and City face Middlesbrough, and while the optimist in me says “anything can happen there”, Boro’s 99% relegated and Swansea’s about 80%, so I’m not sure either can be counted on to produce a shock result. So this game is, as ever, vital to Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the top four.
Kos is still a doubt, but otherwise it’s the same squad to choose from as it was midweek.
Cech; Monreal, Gabriel, Holding; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Xhaka, Walcott; Özil, Alexis; Giroud
How to watch:
In the US, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo, or NBC Sports Live Extra
In the not-US, check livesoccer.tv.