2021-22 Premier League: Week 36 – Tottenham vs Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur welcome Arsenal to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a crunch rearranged North London derby.

Victory would see Tottenham stay fifth but move to within a point of fourth-placed Arsenal, whereas Mikel Arteta’s Gunners will stay fourth with a win and end Spurs’ challenge for a top-four finish.

 

Team News

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Tottenham have no fresh injury concerns to report after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool as Matt Doherty, Japhet Tanganga (both knee), Sergio Reguilon and Oliver Skipp (both groin) remain ruled out.

Arsenal could welcome Ben White back into contention after he missed their last two matches against West Ham and Leeds respectively with a muscle injury.

Bukayo Saka (knock) is a doubt but Kieran Tierney (knee) and Thomas Partey (thigh) both remain absent.

 

Stat Attack

  • Tottenham are unbeaten in four of their last six league meetings against Arsenal (W2, D2, L2).
  • Arsenal are winless in their last six away meetings against Spurs (D2, L4).
  • Son Heung-min has scored in each of Tottenham’s last two home matches against Arsenal (W2).
  • Spurs have conceded once in each of their last four home matches (W3, L1), with Rodrigo Bentacur finding himself yellow carded in each of their latter three home games.
  • Arsenal have failed to keep a clean sheet in four London derbies played away from home this season (W2, L2).

 

Prediction

Heading to Anfield looked a daunting task for Tottenham on Saturday yet Antonio Conte’s men produced a stubborn defensive display, whilst also creating strong attacking chances to force an unexpected lead but poor gap closure cost them the win.

Arsenal meanwhile were clinical in punishing a lacklustre Leeds defence in the opening 10 minutes which proved the difference to clinch the win amidst a dominant attacking performance, having thereafter wasted many chances through inaccuracy whilst their defensive vulnerability remains a concern.

Now if Arsenal turn up and play like they did on Sunday, Tottenham would be wise to deploy the same tactics but they must win to keep their top four hopes yet I just can’t see that happening if the Gunners are at their best.

Prediction: Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal

Result: Tottenham 3-0 Arsenal

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