Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur
|Date & Time||Saturday March 5, 2016, 7:45 AM (EST)|
The Line: Tottenham Hotspur 7/5 Draw 12/5 Arsenal 11/5
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Without a doubt the game of the weekend in the Premier League will see Tottenham Hotspur host Arsenal at White Hart Lane in a North London Derby that has more on the line than most can remember for the first time in a long time. Tottenham and Arsenal are both in the title race but a loss here for either one might end their chances. Manuel Pochettino is a quality manager, having done a spectacular job at Southampton the Argentine has gone to North London and made Spurs genuine title contenders. Harry Kane has been the top scorer in Spurs and has had another terrific season, with Christian Erikson, Dembele, Lamela and Delli alli this is a young team, one that has come from pretty much no where to be in contention. Tottenham are also a fairytale story this season with Leicester's rags to riches story a tough one to compete with but if Tottenham can beat Arsenal on Saturday morning I think that Spurs will be favourites for this title.
Its now or never for Arsenal, they simply must go to White Hart Lane and win. When Henry, Van Persie, Bergkamp, Viera were at Arsenal they had real leaders, players that stepped up and led the rest of the squad to greatness. Right now Arsenal have some great players Ozil and Sanchez are among the best in the world but they dont seem to lead the players around them. Giroud, Wellbeck, Ramsey and Campbell need to step up. Walcott has all but disappeared likewise with Oxlade Chamberlain, both players have not been good enough and if Arsenal are to win the title these players need to step up and be counted.
The easy choice here is to pick the draw, two top teams going head to head in a must not lose match well that in itself has a recipe for a draw. But for me the pressure seemed to get to Tottenham midweek, the went away to West Ham and they froze. But that can sometimes happen to the best of teams, I think they rebound on Saturday morning and I am going to take them to win. The difference between Tottenham's defeat to West Ham and Arsenal's defeat to Swansea is obvious, Swansea are a bottom 5 team and it was in Arsenal. West Ham are sixth in the table and flying a really tough team to beat at home. Tottenham dominated the game between these two at the emirates but couldnt put it away. I do think the key for Tottenham is keeping Sanchez quiet but I believe theycan and I also think that Tottenham's youthful midfield can spring a surprise on Arsenal.