Arsenal v Tottenham – Emirates Stadium at 19:45 GMT
Arsenal will welcome the Tottenham Hotspur to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday evening for their Carabao Cup clash. When the Spurs visited the Emirates Stadium less than three weeks ago, they were beaten badly by their opponents. However, the Spurs improved a lot since then so it should be expected that they will come into this match fixture with renewed confidence. Meanwhile, the Gunners will come into this one fresh off the back of their first defeat in recent time so it will be interesting to see how these two sides will take on each other.
The Gunners are currently on a high under Unai Emery since the Spanish boss was selected to replace the long-serving Arsene Wenger during the summer; however, they still find themselves struggling to keep up the pace in the race for the Premier League title. They were unable to keep their form when they drew a 2-2 away match against Manchester United, then lost against Southampton over the weekend.
On the other hand, Tottenham Hotspur won three fixtures since their defeat at the Emirates during the start of the month. They also went further to deliver a very remarkable performance at Camp Nou, something that even some of Europe’s best teams failed to achieve over the last several years. The team continued its improvements under Mauricio Pochettino but they are yet to bag any trophies as of now.
This season has been a solid one for both of these teams. However, their defensive abilities have been a bit of an issue for both teams as well. In their previous ten combined league fixtures, both were able to keep three clean sheets between them. Both of their recent form has been good other than the Spurs’ setback to Wednesday’s opponents during their derby, which was their only defeat in eleven matches. Expect the match between these two rivals to be a heated one.
– Davinson Sanches, Jan Vertonghen, Serge Aurier are in doubt for the clash against the Gunners.
– Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele, Victok Wanyama, Vincent Janssen are allegedly unavailable for Wednesday’s match due to appendix, ankle, knee, and foot injuries respectively.
– Kieran Trippier may be sidelined for the meantime.
– Mesut Ozil came off the bench in Arsenal’s loss to Southampton.
– Christian Eriksen is also doubtful due to ongoing stomach issues.
PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI
Petr Cech; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Laurent Koscielny, Sokratis, Stephan Lichtsteiner; Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendozi; Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil; Alexandre Lacazette
Michael Vorm; Davies, Juan Foyth, Toby Alderweireld, Kyle Walker-Peters; Oliver Skipp, Harry Winks; Lucas Moura, Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min; Harry Kane
Mesut Ozil broke the record to become the highest scoring German player in the history of the Premier League when he effortlessly cushioned the ball at home in a match against Leicester just a few months ago. He currently has 30 goals in England’s top flight, making it his best performance yet. He has been considered as one of Arsenal’s most important players of the season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is currently setting the Premier League on a high with his captivating performances for the Gunners. He scored at least 20 goals for Arsenal in this season’s Premier League. As of now, he is one of the top scorers in the Premier League alongside Liverpool’s Mo Salah.
Harry Kane has been a World Cup superstar ever since he delivered a stunning performance for England for being one of the league’s top scorer. He has been one of the most valuable players for Tottenham right now, netting goals and securing victories in numerous fixtures. He was able to score in three consecutive league fixtures this season with a record of at least nine goals.
Toby Alderweireld has been Tottenham’s rock in the centre defence. As a strong, physical and imposing centre-back, he has become an extremely vital player for the Spurs over the last few seasons, delivering the best attacks and helping Tottenham secure a position in the Champions League qualifying rounds. He has been one of the Spurs’ most prized assets for his technical abilities on the field.
Arsenal v Tottenham: 2-2
Arsenal won their previous six home fixtures in all competitions including that 4-2 triumph against their North London rivals. Unai Emery also has an impressive record in Cup competitions, guiding Sevilla to three Europa Cup victories and winning both local awards in his spell at Paris Saint-Germain. Furthermore, Tottenham managed to share a draw with Barcelona, a stellar feat considering the level of greatness the Spanish outfit has become in European football. Aside from that, the Spurs already have eight away victories in the Premier League. Both sides have strong records so a draw should be on the line.
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