One of the first games Arsenal fans search for on the fixture list is when they play Tottenham, and tomorrow The Gunners meet Spurs for the first time this season at The Emirates.
We may have the home advantage but, needless to say, we have been poor, with our last win coming against QPR in, dare I say it, fortuitous circumstances.
The last time we faced Spurs we handed them a 5-2 demolition. Coincidentally, the last time we came across a side managed by their new manager we came out on top with a stunning 5-3 victory. Taking this into consideration, I feel very confident that we could get a result tomorrow. Although there are slight concerns over Bacary Sagna and Theo Walcott’s fitness.
The starting XI I feel we should send out tomorrow afternoon is as followed:
Sagna (if fit) Koscielny Mertesacker Vermaelen
Arteta Wilshere Cazorla
Walcott (if fit) Giroud Podolski
The defence looks a certainty unless Arsene Wenger decides to play Andre Santos at left-back and let Vermaelen partner Koscielny to try and stop Spurs’ pacey forwards. It would be a more comfortable back-line with the Brazilian in it, but he hasn’t been great recently. If Sagna is not fit to play then Carl Jenkinson will almost certainly be selected.
Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla will no doubt start the game, while Wilshere, who served his one match ban, is available for selection. However, the England midfielder may be benched for Francis Coquelin, who has impressed this seasonwhen called upon.
Up front I’ve gone for pace and a target man in Olivier Giroud, with supply coming in from Walcott and Lukas Podolski, though I have a strange feeling Wenger may choose to start with Ramsey should he decide to control the game more and not hit Spurs head on
This is of course how I would like to see Wenger play it, though I think he may have other ideas.
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