Arsenal vs Tottenham: A must win for the Gunners



Super Sunday sees Tottenham host rivals Arsenal, in what is set to be a pulsating encounter that could decide which team falls out in the race for the hotly contested champions league slots. Both north London teams are on a good run of form at the moment,  Arsenal routing Everton in their previous encounter by five goals in an attacking masterclass spearheaded by new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Tottenham dispatched Manchester United in a surprisingly one–sided affair and displayed remarkable resolve thereafter to draw Liverpool days later in an enthralling contest characterized by dodgy refereeing decisions. However, both teams are still outside the top four with Tottenham sitting in 5th place, a point below Chelsea who occupy the fourth spot.

Arsenal are sixth, a further 4 points below Tottenham. This utterly signifies a defeat by either team( Arsenal in particular) could potentially have ramifications on the likelihood of gatecrashing into the top four. A glimmer of hope however, would happen to the declining form of Chelsea. Antonio Conte’s men have won just two of their last 10 games.

The Club seems to be in turmoil amidst claims of players’ unrest and reports that Conte could set for the exit door due to the blues poor run of form. Although, sources at the club have debunked claims that Conte would be sacked,the Italian would be all too aware of Abramovich’s trigger-happy nature.

The opportunity is there for either Tottenham or Arsenal to usurp Chelsea and move up the ladder, however both teams have infuriating tendencies to blow hot and cold in games.

The signings of Aubemayang and Mkhitaryan in the recent transfer window were massive statement of intents by Wenger and would significantly give the Gunners an edge in their quest to close a surmountable lead to the top four.  Despite the arrival of these world-class talents into the squad, it is telling that the defensive deficiencies rearing its head occasionally could stifle the team’s attacking prowess and mar hopes of attaining success in the long run.

However the case may be, Wenger is blessed with attacking riches and his team should spare no sweat in the race for the much acclaimed top four. It is therefore inexcusable if a collective effort towards attaining that is not on show against Tottenham on Sunday.


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