After Spurs’ hilarious start to the season, we travel to The Home of Scums to try and add to their misery. Maybe a fourth loss of the season at home to us will be enough to tip them over the edge and they all kill each other. You just know they’re going to be more fired up for this game than they will be for any other this season, and we’re going to need to match them if we’re to get a win there for a third time under Arsene.
But, a win at White Hart Lane to inflict a fourth loss of the season, sending them into the relegation zone and perhaps getting their manager sacked…have that many great things ever happened at once?
We go into this game with only two players in the squad that have previously scored at White Hart Lane, and three that have scored against Spurs in any capacity.
Smart money is probably on the draw, with all but three north London derbies at WHL ending as such, often due to a late goal by either side. Head to head since Jol has taken over, we’ve won four and drawn four. Spurs still haven’t beaten us in any competition for nearly eight years.
I don’t think either side has picked up any major injuries during the international break so far, but there’s still time. Jens, Gallas and Eboue are still injured, and Senderos misses the game through suspension. Gilberto should be able to slot in at centre back regardless of his level of fitness. I refuse to contemplate the scenario of Song starting there. Sagna returns, although to start he may have to play through some discomfort with his back.
Wenger has to choose between Denilson, Diarra, Flamini and Diaby alongside Fabregas, and Adebayor, Eduardo and Bendtner alongside van Persie. Both or tough ones to call. I’d pick Diaby with Fabregas every time, but I suspect Flamini will start, as he has done in most games this season when Gilberto hasn’t been available at central midfield. Don’t see why, Denilson often proves himself to be as good a tackler with a similar workrate, but is also capable on the ball and is a better passer than Flamini. Or maybe we’ll see Diarra involved, seeing as he moved from Chelsea to us to get more first team football. Has to be Adebayor upfront with his scoring record against the scum, with Eduardo coming on with half an hour to go to run at the tired Spurs defense.
Subs: Fabianski, Diaby, Denilson/Diarra, Walcott, Eduardo/Bendtner.
Few scums maybe back fit.
Although Lee could play at left back with Bale pushing up on the left wing.