Arsenal are up against their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday at the Emirates in the Premier League clash.
Manager Unai Emery when quizzed about why the midfield star Mesut Ozil was left out last gameweek, pointed out the nature of the game to be very rough and vigorous and was clear in respecting that decision;
“I don’t know because tomorrow is the last training, but every player is very important with their qualities,”
“We need to continue preparing and continue improving in our work and as a team with bigger performances and individual quality. I will prepare for the match with every player.”
– Emery on Ozil omission
We can expect Ozil to start the match against Tottenham while Arsenal will revert back to a four back defensive style rather than a conventional three back. With Rob Holding likely to be sidelined after his visit to Ukraine midweek, where they won 3-0 against Vorskla FC in the Europa League.
While Nacho Monreal is unfit to play due to his injury, Sead Kolasinac would be the likely replacement with Hector Bellerin retaining his position as a right-back.
The talented Uruguayan Lucas Torreira will most likely hold on to his spot in the squad and the Swiss international Granit Xhaka will remain his counterpart in the midfield area.
Petit on Torreira: "He is not the most talented player, but he is like a dog on the pitch, he is a leader & sets an example. He doesn't impress you physically, but you can feel his breath on your neck, and his foot in your calf because he is there all the time" #Arsenal pic.twitter.com/xnAYeaimMH
— Gurjit (@GurjitAFC) December 1, 2018
Mesut Ozil will threaten to attack with his likes, just behind the front three comprising of Alexandre Lacazette, who has managed to stay fit despite his groin injury concerns.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Iwobi will look to converge towards the center despite the likes of Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko, who have currently been in sparkling form.
Arsenal have yet again been at the centre of action with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang scoring the winning goal to uphold another Premier League win against Bournemouth at Dean Court. With Arsenal’s first goal coming off as an own goal by one of the Bournemouth’s defenders until Joshua King equalised the effort at half time. Aubameyang’s goal in the 67th minute decided the game to be in favour of the Gunners especially when both the teams have been having a great run in the League recently.
Another worry could be the Tottenham win against Chelsea last game week. A 3-1 victory at White Hart Lane against a giant club that had managed to remain undefeated until this upset wrecked havoc to the points table ensuring a battle amongst the top 6 teams.
Arsenal are creeping behind with only 3 points separating them from the Lilywhites.