Arsenal vs Tottenham: Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on February 24, 2012

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Arsenal welcome bitter rivals Tottenham to the Emirates on Sunday looking for revenge after going down 2-1 in the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane in October.

The Gunners haven’t recorded a win over Spurs in the last four league meetings, losing on three occasions, and for the first time go into the game with Tottenham regarded as slight favourites.

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Last season saw Arsenal throw away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 and currently find themselves 10 points adrift of their neighbours, so there is no doubt Arsene Wenger owes the Gunners faithful a win on Sunday.

Team News

Arsene Wenger will have to make do without German defender Per Mertesacker who will miss the rest of the season after injuring ankle ligaments against Sunderland. Francis Coquelin is also ruled out.

Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs face late fitness tests but both should come through and start the game. Aaron Ramsey is a doubt for the game after picking up an injury last week.

I’d like to see Andrey Arshavin given a chance in the centre after he impressed for the reserves in that position during the week. Aaron Ramsey and Thomas Rosicky have both struggled in the ‘creative hole’ position, so it’s time Arshavin got a chance in his best position.

Tottenham are expected to welcome back several key players for the game, with Emmanuel Adebayor likely to be passed fit after struggling with a knee injury this week.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart and all also poised to start after taking part in training on Friday. Ledley King and Sandro face late fitness tests, with King expected to play but Sandro could miss out.

Harry Redknapp would be mad not to start Van der Vaart, with the Dutchman scoring four goals in just three appearances against the Gunners, although Louis Saha have done well up front so he may feature.

Line-ups 

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Predicted Score

If there is one thing you can guarentee in a North London Derby, its goals. And this game should be no exception. Tottenham have kept only one clean sheet in 32 games against Arsenal and Arsenal’s defence has shown it’s vulnerable side on more than one occasion this season.

There is little doubt that Tottenham go into this game as the form team but i can still see Arsenal getting something. Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham.

What are your thoughts on the game? Who will come out on top? Leave your opinions in the comments section below…

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17 Comments

  1. benaa

    February 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    although Tottenham had got a gud run, i hope arsenal will play this game knowing that they r out of the c.l & F.a so they’ll play a must win kind of a game. pred. score, arsenal 3-2 Tottenham.

  2. bishop

    February 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    gunas should beat totham,if d hope to finish top 4

  3. joshua

    February 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Walcott,Van perie and song should score!!

  4. caleb obodai

    February 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    robin van persie is going to score 2 goals for arsenal.So i precict that arsenal is going to win 4-0.

  5. Robin Van Persie

    February 24, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I hope spurs win as I will be playing for them next season. I can’t wait to play for the best team in London! Coys!
    Love
    RVP

  6. Robin Van Persie

    February 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I hope spurs win as I will be playing for them next season. I can’t wait to play for the best team in London!

  7. Robin Van Persie

    February 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I hope spurs win as I will be playing for them next season. I can’t wait to play for the best team in London.

  8. Robin Van Persie

    February 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I hope spurs win as I will be playing for them next season, I can’t wait to play for the best team in London.

  9. Robin Van Persie

    February 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I hope spurs win as I will be playing for them next season.

  10. Robin Van Persie

    February 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I hope spurs win as I will be playing for them next season

  11. Andre

    February 24, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    who ever counter attacks better in this game will win, both sides will have long periods of possession trying to play through the opposition.
    It should be a good game, the only thing I am scared of is if Arteta plays in the DM position again, he will show no invention and to just pass from left to right with no penetration

  12. 10vantheman twitter

    February 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    no point mentioning arshavin his gone on loan plus weve got gerv ox rvp lethal attack forget 2-1 its gonna be 4-1 COYG!!!

  13. Silas shirwa

    February 25, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Arsenal will win if song,arteta rosicky start in the midfield then gevinho,RVP,chamberlain, play up front

  14. Pong

    February 25, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Arsenal will lose. Two resons: 1. AA will not play, so no creativity; 2. Look at the referies, we will be playing 11 against 14.

  15. John

    February 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Arsenal 3-0 totten my reason is because every one is coming on this game knowing that Arsenal current form is down and arsenal will take the advantage.

  16. Abdul

    February 29, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I think tottenham (10 men) will be winning 2-0 but arsenal will bring it back 5-2

  17. BIG.T. [PARK LANE LOYAL]

    September 1, 2013 at 11:05 am

    there is only one way Arsenal are going that’s DOWN thanks to Arsene W. There future is, trying to survive in the Championship next season.

    SPURS 4

    Arsenal 0

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