Arsenal vs Tottenham Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups & Predicted Score

By on August 31, 2013

Emirates Stadium

Arsenal welcome rivals Tottenham to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon for the first north London derby of the new season.

The mood in the Gunners camp has been lifted by three wins on the bounce after a nightmare start against Aston Villa, but the players and fans are still waiting for boss Arsene Wenger to bring in any significant new additions to the club this summer.

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The Reds completed the free transfer signing of Mathieu Flamini on Thursday and he, along with another free transfer Yaya Sanogo, are the only new signings to date. Wenger felt the brunt of the criticism following a 3-1 defeat to Villa on the opening day and frustrations could-well boil over if Spurs go away with all three points on Sunday.

Andre Villas-Boas arrives with his new-look squad after bringing in seven new signings so far this summer, breaking their transfer record on three separate occasions.

Spurs head into the game off the back of four successive victories – all without conceding a goal – but their two wins in the Premier League have been 1-0 with both winners coming from the penalty spot.

Arsenal ran out 5-2 victors in this fixture last season and it’s always a game that promises goals and drama, so we should be in for another enthralling match-up this time around.

Team News

Arsenal welcome back defender Laurent Koscielny after he recovered from a nasty cut above his eye picked up in the first leg of their Champions League play-off against Fenerbache. The Frenchman was suspended against Fulham last weekend and was on the bench in midweek, but is expected to be recalled to the starting eleven on Sunday.

New signing Mathieu Flamini is likely to go straight on to the bench with Wenger’s squad stretched by injury. Lukas Podolski has been ruled out for up to 10 weeks with a hamstring injury and he joins Thomas Vermaelen, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Abou Diaby and Mikel Arteta on the sidelines.

Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere are fit to start after recovering from minor knocks picked up in midweek. Youngsters Serge Gnabry, Yaya Sanogo and Ryo Miyaichi are likely to be among the subs as Wenger has little options left.

Spurs are expected to hand several new signings their north London derby debuts, with the likes of Nacer Chadli, Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue all likely to start.

Aaron Lennon could return to the bench after recovering from a foot injury, but Emmanuel Adebayor and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are not expected to feature as talks continue over their future at the club.

Jermain Defoe and Lewis Holtby are pushing for starts after impressing in midweek, while new signings Erik Lamela, Vlad Chiriches and Christian Eriksen are not expected to feature after only joining the club on Friday afternoon.

Likely Line-Ups

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Predicted Score

Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham: Despite Arsenal’s troubles in the transfer market, their first eleven is still strong and may well prove too good for a new-look Spurs team that are yet to gel. If you enjoy online sports betting, you can currently get odds of 7/1 on the Gunners winning 2-1 and if you want to spice things up even further, backing Olivier Giroud to open the scoring will further increase the odds to a very tempting 20/1.

What would be your starting eleven and what’s your score prediction? Share your views below.

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28 Comments

  1. Mark Cadwallader

    August 31, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Ventonghen, Caulker, Capoue, Paulinho, Chadli, Townsend, Holtby,Soldado

    • A spurs fan

      August 31, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      Caulker was sold to Cardiff!

    • rocker58

      August 31, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Caulker plays for Cardiff City!!!

    • jake

      August 31, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      LOL Idiot! Caulkers gone. a better line up is…..
      Lloris
      Walker-Kaboul-Vertonghen-Rose
      Paulinho-Dembele
      Lamela-Holtby-Townsend
      Soldado

      • alex

        September 1, 2013 at 7:24 am

        A even better line up is
        lloris

        walker dawson vartonghen rose
        paulinho dembele

        lamela eriksen chadli
        soldado

  2. Topgunner

    August 31, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Come on you reds !

  3. Psky

    August 31, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Starting line up is good but the bench is my problem. We need two defenders, two midfielders, a good striker and a keeper. But we will win this match 4 : 1. Because spurs is not ready for us though they look good. Giroud,wallcot,santi and ramsey will score. And i expect fulamini to play later and have a good game because he is good enough and knows what this much means to arsenal fans and since he wants to impress them after that milan move.

    • craigo

      August 31, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      mate its a north London derby so anything can happen, I do think you have the upper hand with having the same team and I hate to admit a good one… u don’t need signings!! but I cant help but feel the new spurs players will step up.. this season will be ace! coys

    • SteveC

      August 31, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      4:1? You must be on drugs mate – probably the same ones Wenger is taking.

  4. craigo

    August 31, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    paulinho amc over dembele? think the team will be right with the exception of my point… hope townsend scores 🙂

  5. Humble

    August 31, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Gunners 2;Spurs 0

  6. Psky

    August 31, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    @Craigo, its good to know some one sees this. That arsenal team is stronger this season because it kept its first teamers and thats a huge plus. Hope wenger signs for depth which is our major problem.

    • jake

      August 31, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Tottenham have also kept most of their first team players…all of our 7 new signings won’t all start, only Lamela,Paulinho,Eriksen and Soldado are guaranteed starters. so we’ve still got 7 first team players from last season.
      Individually, Tottenham have a much stronger team, in every position, except Cazorla, he’s better than all our players(Not put together obviously)

  7. cescmack1

    August 31, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Arsene wenger is the cause of this nonsense,,leaving us in dought. buy player,he keep saying will not panic buy. Stupid coach. ï tip totenham to win us. So dat he can knw he is stupid 4 not makin any transfer lately with the £70m been given to him. ï hate Arsene and î don think he has family, so ï don think he knw hw to care 4 pple. mtchwww wenger.

    • Chima emmenuel

      August 31, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Cum on arsenal!!!.i believe dis match will end up being in our favor.bcos i believe victory in futball doesn’t depend on hw many world-class players u av,but d degree at which d existing ones understand each oda.we av a unique team wit superfulous playas.4 me d predicted scores is:arsenal 3-1 tottenham.does who are in line 2 score include:rosciky,giroud n walcott.UP GUNNERS

  8. shamrock coy

    August 31, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    both teams are bricking it no matter what bravado is written, most lightly 1-1 draw, saying all that come on you super spurs shining white lords of london

    • infiniti

      August 31, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      By God grace i tip arsenal win 4/2 God help us

  9. jazz

    August 31, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    spurs win
    WHY?
    arsenal too complacent in transfer market
    wengers a tight arsen!!
    spurs top4 if gel quickly enough too!

  10. leon

    August 31, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    LLORIS

    KABOUL
    DAWSON
    VERTONGHEN
    ROSE

    SANDRO
    CAPOUE

    TOWNSEND
    PAULINHO
    LENNON

    GOOOAAAALLLLDADO (SOLDADO)

    SUBS

    FRIEDEL, WALKER, DEFOE, DEMBELE, SIGGURDSON,CHIRICHES, HOLTBY, CHADLI

  11. Chima emmenuel

    August 31, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Wat a tremendous expectation it will be 4 arsenal!!.arsenal will be able 2 defeat tottenham amidst tott’s signings.bcos victory can’t be achieved only by aving world-class players but by understanding 1 anoda on d pitch.tott lacks in dis regard.but arsenal are a composed team.dey play like team n not like stars.2 me its arsenal 3-1 tott.watch out 4 walcott,giroud,cazorla,ramsey!!!.believe in ur players even if d coach is out of his mind.UP GUNNERS(4 life)

  12. adeyemo saheed

    August 31, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Am very sure of it arsenal must win by all means

  13. damola

    August 31, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    I tip arsnl to win. wenger is d one identifyin top playerz oda clubs buyin. So stupid of a man. Arsnl 2-0 spurs

  14. chuks

    August 31, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    i hope dat t ham wil do arsenal wat man did 2 dem lst season so dat ass wenger wil do sum panic signing dat got us d likes of carzola nd mat4

  15. Olly

    August 31, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    Spurs fan. Going to be close. Yes we have made some great signings , but yet to gel. Wish we were playing you in 5 weeks once settled in. Opting for the draw.

  16. jazz

    September 1, 2013 at 12:01 am

    can we keep the gramma english? really struggling to understand the pro arsenal comments..

  17. isah tasiu jibia

    September 1, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Arsenal must win spurs by 3:1 cox our players are stronger than that of spurs

  18. babylon

    September 1, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Arsenal must surely spell spurs today bcs their the best In london I tip ars 5 : 2 tot.

  19. Shabalalaofafrica kolade

    September 1, 2013 at 11:03 am

    pple are commenting without deep sight!
    There is no ‘one’ worldclass player in Tottenham.
    Dey just buy mediocares that can’t ever gell…
    Arsenal will bully dem today…
    But realy Wenger needs new set of age pills…

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