Why I Just Can't See Anything Less Than An Arsenal Win Against Spurs
This is the first article that I'm writing for this website. It falls kindly at a time when its almost derby day in North London. I'll try to be as unbiased as I can, but being an Arsenal fan it's easier said than done, especially when "Top Four Tottenham" visit the Emirates this week.
Everyone is aware of Tottenham's worst start to the season ever, so I don't feel the need to remind everyone too much of that just now. The appointment of Harry Redknapp as manager is nothing but positive for Spurs and after a result at the weekend, albeit against Bolton, the confidence will be a lot higher than in previous weeks.
However, a poor team does not just turn into a good team over a few days.
You can give them all the confidence in the world, but if the ability is not there then it just won't happen. Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane leaving in the summer has crippled Spurs and left them with very little depth in their forward line.
Berbatov and Keane both have Premiership experience, and both are very good strikers. With Bent and the Russian guy (I'm not going to attempt to spell his name), they lack the quality Berbatov and Keane have.
From what I'm led to believe, Dawson and Bale will be suspended for receiving straight red cards at Stoke and although Ledley King looks like he will play, I don't think their back line will be strong enough to handle Arsenal's attacking options, considering the fact that Arsenal score in just about every game we play.
As for the Gunners, coming off the back of a hard fought victory over West Ham has done a lot for an already confident side. But I think the reason why Arsenal will be victorious tomorrow night is down to their quality. As long as Arsene Wenger does not pick a stupid team, with players out of position, then the red half of North London will be singing at the end of the 90 minutes.
The first point I will make is that of the home advantage. Although Wenger has made comments recently about the crowd not getting behind the team enough, a North London derby is certain to bring a very vocal crowd into the stadium.
David Bentley will, for one, be a focal point of mass booing and cheering when he does something wrong. I expect the crowd to get right behind the team tomorrow and if Arsenal score early on I fear the worst for the Spurs fans.
The second point is the quality of the Arsenal team. With Spurs leaking goals left, right and centre, a dodgy 'keeper and a few players suspended, I don't think it will be a case of when—just a case of how many.
Arsenal have four strikers in Emmanuel Adebayor, Robin van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner, and Carlos Vela along with Theo Walcott, Cesc Fabregas, and Samir Nasri in midfield who can not only score, but score stunning goals.
I would be very, very surprised if Spurs could nullify the Arsenal attacking threat.
The third point is that Arsenal basically have a fully fit defense again, and while we have conceded soft goals from set plays this season, William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre had a good game at the weekend against West Ham and they will be up for this one. With Manuel Almunia recently showing world-class form, coupled with Spurs lack of attacking options, I don't think Spurs will trouble the scoreboard too much.
Don't get me wrong, I think that the Spurs will be up for the occasion with some inspiring words from Harry Redknapp, but Arsenal's quality will shine through on a ground that we have only ever lost twice on in competitive matches.
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