Arsenal face off against bitter north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday lunchtime at the Emirates Stadium.
It’s set to be a tasty affair as it always tends to be, with Spurs surely the favourites to win the fixture on the weekend.
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League table, after a mixed start which has seen them pick up 19 points from 11 games, four less points than Spurs.
Pochettino’s Spurs side sit in third spot having only lost twice all season, and they’ll be looking for another three points against Arsenal on Saturday.
Frustratingly for Spurs, Pochettino is without Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld for the massive clash, though the former has recently returned to training.
Lloris and Dele Alli are also doubts for the clash but there is a chance they could face off against the Gunners.
Meanwhile for Arsenal, Santi Cazorla is of course out having been sidelined with a long-term injury.
Shkodran Mustafi, Olivier Giroud, Rob Holding and David Ospina are all unlikely to feature for the Gunners, but will be assessed before the match.
Koscielny is also a doubt after a recurrence of an Achilles problem that meant he was unable to feature for France in their recent draw with Germany.
The omens are looking good for Arsenal in some respects, as Wenger’s men have won their last ten home matches in the Premier League.
However, Spurs have won five of their last six Premier League away games, though against the top-six, their record isn’t good – winning just one of their last 16 visits to the Premier League’s top six sides.
With the above statistics, It wouldn’t be a surprise to see a close game, though to bet on a winner would be tough to call, a both teams to score bet would most likely be the best shout – Get the best football bets tips.
To win the game, Arsenal are going to have to press high up the pitch and win the midfield battle, otherwise Spurs can exploit the space and damage the Gunners on Saturday.
Wenger has tended to utilise the likes of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey in the heart of midfield this season, though you do wonder if Arsenal need a bit more grit and steel in the middle of the pitch.
Someone like Francis Coquelin could be the perfect foil in the centre of the park, his mobility and tenacity would be ideal to break up the play in the midfield, and help Arsenal launch some attacks.
It’s fair to say Arsenal can’t make any mistakes against a well-oiled Tottenham side on Saturday, and if they give anything away, Spurs will punish them.
Wenger must play Lacazette also, the Frenchman scored on international duty for France recently, and his clinical, lethal nature in front of goal makes him a must to start for the Gunners.
Arsenal fans… Do you think we can beat Spurs on Saturday? Or will Pochettino’s side prove too strong? Let us know in the comments section below!