The North London derby tomorrow between the Gunners and their rival cousins, Spurs, is a potential delight for their teeming fans.
This match would come at a time when both clubs are navigating forward with increasing strength. It promises to be a gallant fight at the Emirates. This fight may be resolved around some select factors.
Let’s start with Tottenham’s current soccer wonder-boy, Gareth Bale. If he is not properly put in strait-jacket by Arsenal, then they might be in for long afternoon. Double-teaming him is a logical temptation. but would open up spaces for Van de Vaart or Jermaine Defoe to exploit.
The best bet is for the supply lines to be closed intelligently across the field. This may be one match Alex Song has to give up his forward charging instincts to assist Bacary Sagna as needed. Emmanuel Eboue would be perfect for this game given his pace and counter attacking abilities.
A midfield triangle with Alex Song and Jack Wilshere as its base that includes Cesc Fabregas in front would work best. Eboue and Sami Nasri should be used to provide width that would stretch the opposition. The idea would be to counter swiftly while retaining either Alex or Jack as the holding midfielder in a close formation.
The game would be lost or won in the defensive and goal keeping positions. Gallas adds experience for the visitors, but the fact that he is still adjusting, coupled with the expected “reception” he would get from the home fans, may be over awed some worth. Neither defense stands out distinctly, but Arsenal looks better in that department.
Lucasz Fabianski has grown in confidence following a run of games. His humble yet agile resolve is feeding through the Reds. However, at this stage of their playing careers, the Brazilian, Huerelho Gomes, edges the Pole in terms of experience.
The substitutions to be made are crucial. With only the return of Defoe, the lose of Tom Huddlestone and Ledley King is big for the Whiteheart lane landlords.
Arsenal has a better looking bench. In the Russian, Andrey Arshavin, Arsene Wenger has a match winner who can turn a game in a heartbeat.
Having played the full 90 minutes for Russia recently, he may not be up to full speed. Nicklaus Bendtner and Theo Walcott should come in to work the spurs defense over around the 60th minute.
The idea is to keep the visitor in a defensive stance and not allow them time to think or attack. It's a close matchup, but the Reds should restore their home form with a good win.