Tottenham vs. Arsenal: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info, Ticket News

Sam RookeFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2016

Tottenham’s Harry Kane, right, makes a late break from Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker, second left, and Laurent Koscielny during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday Nov. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Tim Ireland/Associated Press

The most important north London derby in decades is upon us. 

Arsenal, devastated by injury and a three-match losing streak, travel to White Hart Lane on Saturday with the singular aim of stopping their eternal rivals ascending to the top of the Premier League. 

That is precisely where Tottenham Hotspur will find themselves, for five hours at least, if they are victorious. 

The stakes couldn't be higher in this fixture, but neither side can be full of confidence after both stumbled in midweek. 

Spurs, evidently feeling the bite of fatigue, were out-enthused by West Ham United and unable to claw their way back after Michail Antonio's early goal in the 1-0 defeat at Upton Park. 

Arsenal did take the lead against Swansea City but let it slip, losing goalkeeper Petr Cech and defender Laurent Koscielny to injury along the way in the 2-1 loss.


Form Lines 


West Ham 1-0 Tottenham

Tottenham 2-1 Swansea City

Tottenham 3-0 Fiorentina

Tottenham 0-1 Crystal Palace

Fiorentina 1-1 Tottenham


Arsenal 1-2 Swansea City

Manchester Utd 3-2 Arsenal

Arsenal 0-2 Barcelona

Arsenal 0-0 Hull City

Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City


Team News

Tim Ireland/Associated Press

In bright news for Tottenham, head coach Mauricio Pochettino claims Mousa Dembele has a chance of playing in this massive fixture, per Tom Collomosse of the London Evening Standard

The Belgium international has missed the last two matches and his absence was particularly notable against West Ham when Spurs were harassed into making uncharacteristic mistakes. The 28-year-old brings a solidity that none of his team-mates provide. 

Jan Vertonghen and Clinton Njie remain sidelined, per Dan Kilpatrick of ESPN. 

Arsenal will be without Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny after both were injured against Swansea, according to Sky Sports

Both are vital first-team players, so the Gunners will be considerably below full strength. 


Predicted Formations 


Goalkeeper — Lloris

Defence — Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose

Midfield — Dier,Dembele, Alli, Eriksen, Lamela 

Attack — Kane


Goalkeeper — Ospina

Defence — Bellerin, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Monreal

Midfield — Coquelin, Ramsey, Ozil

Attack — Walcott, Giroud, Sanchez


Players to Watch

The absence of Dele Alli for much of Spurs' defeat at Upton Park was noticeable. The excitement and drive that he provides was sorely lacking. 

His restoration to the starting lineup in this potentially season-defining match is perhaps even more important than the potential return of Dembele. 

Alli's energy allows him to play in both lines of midfield almost simultaneously. He drops deep to win the ball and then surges forward, creating mismatches and giving Spurs a numerical superiority in forward areas. 

The 19-year-old creates chaos wherever he pops up on the pitch, and he makes the game easier for the players around him. 

One of this season's finest performers has been Mesut Ozil. It seems long ago now that he was being showered with praise for his phenomenal production of assists and scoring chances, but the German remains Arsenal's key man. 

He scored a goal and picked up an assist as one of the only Gunners not to disgrace themselves in the 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08:  Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on November 8, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Spurs will need to keep their pressing game at full power to keep him under control.


Key Battle

In the first meeting of these two sides earlier in the season, Spurs were dominant and their aggression forced Arsenal into numerous turnovers. 

The Gunners' desperate defending kept Tottenham to just one goal, and they eventually came back into the game and drew 1-1. 

Home and away last season, Spurs' pressing game was at its best, and it similarly unsettled Arsenal's build-up. 

The key battle in this match will be for midfield supremacy. 

Having rotated heavily in midweek, Tottenham should have the upper hand in this area as reinforcements are available. 

Arsenal could seek to imitate West Ham's successful tactic of pressuring Spurs' full-backs and forcing them to return to the goalkeeper again and again. 

If Dembele is unable to take his place, that tactic could very well force errors from the hosts as it did at Upton Park. 

Ultimately, this will be a battle of wills. Whichever side can summon the strength to impose themselves upon the opposition will be victorious and could take that momentum all the way to a league title.


Live Stream, TV Info

UK: BT Sport 1, 12:45 p.m.

USA: NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra, 4:45 a.m. (West Coast)



Tottenham are the slight favourites to win this match, according to OddsShark. Spurs are 13-10, while Arsenal are around 2-1 outsiders with a draw at 11-5.


Ticket News

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