By Shehu Isah
The 186th North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham will be played on Sunday (1/9/2019).It promises to be a fascinating encounter and anytime these two teams are playing, goals should be expected, tackles and skills will be on display also.
Below are the battles whereby the match will be won and lost:
Harry Kane Vs David luiz /sokratis
Harry Kane enjoys playing Arsenal like no other opponent. He is already the top scorer in Premier League north London derbies with nine goals in as many games, including three from four games at the Emirates.
He is a deadly striker and a potent striker, you aren’t a two time golden boot winner by fluke.
David Luiz and sokratis needs to be on their toes to deny Harry Kane any sight of goal,just give Harry a little space and he can hurt you, they need to bring their A game to the encounter on Sunday. Sokratis needs to cover for his partner because David Luiz could be erratic at times and make silly mistakes.
The issue with David Luiz is that you don’t know which version will turn up against Tottenham, is it the one who marshalled the defense very well against burnley or the one who was below average and who allowed salah to exploit his weakness against Liverpool.
Harry Kane only needs half a chance to score, if David luiz plays the way he played against Liverpool, then Harry Kane will score lots of goals which would result in a spurs Victory.
Abumeyang Vs Sanchez /Aderweireld
Due to the absence of Vertoghen from the starting line up due to fitness issue, then Arsenal strikers will feel that spurs is there for the taking because Vertoghen is arguably the best centre back in Tottenham Hotspur.
Aubameyang has two from three so far in 2019/20 and netted a double in this fixture last season, but he missed a last-gasp penalty which would have won the game for Arsenal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the return game back in March.
Abumeyang would want to atone for his penalty miss at Wembley last season by scoring against Tottenham.
Davison Sanchez and Aderweireld needs to be very efficient and effective at the back, they need to close the spaces and don’t give abumeyang any slight chance at goal because like Harry Kane, if you give him a slight chance, then he is going to hurt you by scoring.
Ceballos Vs Harry winks/Sissoko
This is arguably the most important battle of the match, the midfield is the supply line to the attackers. Ceballos will be asked to play very close to the attackers in a no 10 role, he will be responsible for launching attacks, trying to open up space with his skill and trickery and trying to make sure the wingers and the striker get quality service. Harry winks and Sissoko needs to do a good job in keeping him quiet, they need to make sure they don’t allow him anytime on the ball and they they need to make him ineffective, do this and Tottenham will have an opportunity of winning the match.
Eriksen Vs Guendozi /Xhaka
Christian Eriksen is the best midfielder at spurs, a creative midfielder and set piece specialist.
There is a saying among the Spurs fans and players that “when Eriksen plays well, spurs wins ” which was evident in the match against Aston Villa. He came in and changed the game with his passing abilities and his dribbling skills. Guendozi and Xhaka will be responsible in stopping him from performing, they need to stop him from providing service to Kane, moura and lamela depending on who pochettino uses. If they can keep him quiet then they have a chance in winning the match but if they allow him to dictate the pace and flow of the match then Tottenham will win the match.
Full backs /wingers
The way both managers set up,their attacking play is dependent on the full backs joining the attacks ,getting crosess into the box, doing interchange of passes with the midfielders and getting into the byline to put in a decent delivery for the attackers to attack.
The full backs needs to make the wingers ineffective by marking them very well and by trying to cut out any service be it a cross or a pass from the wingers. I believe anyone who comes out top from this battle will win the encounter.
Finally I am going to predict Sunday’s match and I am giving the match to arsenal.
Arsenal 2- Tottenham 1