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Tottenham Preview: Team News, Injury Updates and Predicted Lineups

Mikel Arteta sent stern warning over Bukayo Saka and Emile ...

Smith-Rowe and Saka ran the show in the last NLD at the Emirates

After a hiatus from the international break, Arsenal and Tottenham will lock horns in the North London Derby which will have a huge significance at the top of the Premier League table. The Gunners are currently at the summit of the division, with the defending champions, Manchester City, breathing down their necks. However, Mikel Arteta’s men have a very stiff test against Tottenham, a team still unbeaten this season.

When the Gunners faced their fierce rivals late last season, it was the crowning moment in the intense battle for UEFA Champions League qualification that saw Mikel Arteta’s outfit fall short in what was supposed to be their game of the season. Fast forward a couple of months down the road and it is the North London Derby again, with the Champions League picture in the spotlight, yet again.

 

Arsenal Team News

The Gunners have a lot of fitness concerns, with one of the North London Derby heroes from last season at the Emirates, Emile Smith-Rowe, undergoing surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his groin, which will sideline him till December 2022. There were also concerns over the fitness of Oleksandr Zinchenko, Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu, that had reduced involvement from their international teams over the break.

One player that is fired up for the North London Derby is the new alpha male in the attack, Gabriel Jesus, keen to impress on the grandest stage,

“I’ve played a few derbies before and I can feel what it means to play a derby game. “Of course, I’ve never played here before! The north London derby will be my first and I want to win, like every game.

“I understand it’s a derby – it’s a game different from most – but at the same point, it’s a game. It’s a game we have to focus on and do our job. Because we are playing at home, we have to think about just doing our game. It’s our home.”

In as much as we want Jesus to go all out for this game, we have to bear in mind that he’s on four yellow cards in seven Premier League games, which essentially means that another booking would see him miss the monumental fixture against Liverpool, a team that has had the better of the Gunners in recent seasons. 

Arsenal Predicted Lineup (via Fantasy Football Hub)

Tottenham Team News

Antonio Conte’s men have been the dark horses of the campaign so far, winning five of their seven games, while remaining unbeaten. They were close to the doldrums in their London derby against Chelsea, but their talismanic striker, Harry Kane, salvaged what proved to be a match leveler, as Conte and their former gaffer, Thomas Tuchel, had an altercation at the end of the game.

Despite the poor form of their star forward, Heung-Min Son, Tottenham continued to the rake in the Ws, and the South Korean finally found his feet with a hat-trick in 15 minutes, coming on as a sub to absolutely destroy the hapless Leicester City. Conte will have some concerns over the fitness of Dejan Kulusevski, who picked up a knock on international duty. However, the Italian manager can count on his new signing, Richarlison, off the back of scoring a brace for Brazil on international duty.

Tottenham Predicted Lineup (via Fantasy Football Hub)

Injury / Suspension Updates

Arsenal: Thomas Partey (knee), Cedric Soares (knock), Reiss Nelson (thigh), Oleksandr Zinchenko (calf), Kieran Tierney (concussion), Takehiro Tomiyasu (unknown)

Tottenham: Lucas Moura (Achilles tendon), Ben Davies (knock), Hugo Lloris (thigh), Dejan Kulusevski (muscle)

Form Guide

Arsenal Form

  • Last Five Games: W W L W W
  • Last Result: Brentford 0-3 Arsenal (Saliba 17′, G. Jesus 28′, F. Vieira 49′)
  • Leading Goalscorer: Gabriel Jesus (4)

Tottenham Form

  • Last Five Games:  D W W L W
  • Last Result: Tottenham 6-2 Leicester (Kane 8′, Dier 21′, Bentancur 47′, Son 73′, 84′, 86′ | Tielemans 6′, Maddison 41′)
  • Leading Goalscorer: Harry Kane (6)

Gooner Daily predicts a 2 – 0 Arsenal win.

Kick Off – 12.30pm (GMT +1) at Emirates Stadium.

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Wolves Preview: Team News, Injury Updates and Predicted Lineups

Wolves 0 Arsenal 1: Gabriel goal sends Gunners up to fifth despite  Martinelli's crazy red card

Arsenal had lost some form in January but the month of February has seen Mikel Arteta’s men pick up vital wins against Wolves and Brentford to aid their charge for a Champions League finish. The last meeting between Arsenal and Wolves in Molineux was marred by that bizarre red card that was brandished to Gabriel Martinelli, forcing the Gunners to put up a defensive masterclass for the rest of the game. That victory also put Arsenal ahead of Wolves on the table, making tonight’s fixture all the more juicy. 

Wolves are two points behind the Gunners and are currently vying for a Europa League berth, so any good result against Arsenal will see their ship steer to the right direction of European qualification. The Gunners would be wary of this fixture, having failed to beat Wolves at home in their last four encounters but the home side will look to the likes of Bukayo Saka and Smith-Rowe that are in good goalscoring form.

Arsenal Team News

Arteta will have a clean bill of health heading into this game with Takehiro Tomiyasu edging for a return to first team action. The Japanese full back has been nursing a calf injury and the experienced Portuguese fullback, Cedric Soares, has decent in his stead, so Arsenal might not be in such a hurry to thrust him into action. The Gunners will also have Martinelli back from suspension, and it’s going to be interesting to see whether he returns to a starting berth, or waits on the sidelines for the club’s leading scorer, Emile Smith-Rowe. The manager has waxed lyrical about his star player, stating that his scoring numbers aren’t a coincidence

“The numbers should be looking something like this and that’s not a coincidence. “He’s practicing every day, he is working, he has willingness to do it because he knows he has the qualities and the capacity to do it. That’s what we have to demand from players whether they are 19 or 20 or 35.

“I think it’s [down to] a combination of everything. It’s in his nature, he needs to feel that confidence and that trust around the coaching staff that we are the right people to guide him and to take him to the next level.
 
“He needs his team-mates, which are big contributors to what he can do on the pitch. He needs to feel love, he needs to have the right environment around him, his family, girlfriend or whatever next to him, and when that happens, he has got a good chance.”

These are some big words that would do wonders to the confidence of ESR, so I doubt if he’d be hyped like this and sent straight to the bench. Everyone isn’t Pep Guardiola.

Arsenal Predicted Lineup

Wolves Team News

The Wolves gaffer, Bruno Lage, has confirmed that his wing back, Rayan Ait-Nouri, should be fit enough to play after being hauled off at half time in the win over Leicester. However, the manager can count on the Brazilian, Marcal, to deputize in Ait-Nouri’s stead. Those two have locked horns all season for the left wing back slot, and with the injury scare to the French defender, the Brazilian might just get the nod on this one.

On the injury front, Yerson Mosquera and Willy Boly are progressing from the lengthy layoffs, while Pedro Neto made his long awaited comeback in the narrow win over Leicester. 

Wolves Predicted Lineup

Injury / Suspension Updates

Arsenal: None

Wolves: None

Form Guide

Arsenal Form

  • Last Five Games: W L D W W
  • Last Result: Arsenal 2-1 Brentford (Smith-Rowe 48′, Saka 79′ | Norgaard 93′)
  • Leading Goalscorer: Emile Smith-Rowe (10)

Wolves Form

  • Last Five Games: W W L W W
  • Last Result: Wolves 2-1 Leicester (Ruben Neves 8′, Podence 66′ | Lookman 41′)
  • Leading Goalscorer: Raul Jimenez, Daniel Podence (5)

Gooner Daily predicts a 2 – 1 Arsenal win.

Kick Off – 8.45pm (GMT +1) at Emirates Stadium.

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Brentford Preview: Team News, Injury Updates and Predicted Lineups

Arsenal fans fume at 'VAR corruption' as Brentford score opening goal of  season - Daily Star

It still feels like yesterday when Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard scored the goals that sent the Brentford faithful inmto delirium on the opening night of the Premier League season in August. 25 games on and Brentford are still establishing themselves as a decent mid-table outfit, while Arsenal are gunning for a spot in the coveted European places with stiff competition on all corners. At this point, the focus of the gaffer, Mikel Arteta, and the lads would be to win as many games as possible and see where it takes them come May. 

Both sides had the week off and must have had enough time to recover and strategize on what will be an important match on both sides of the table. Arsenal can take some confidence in the fact that they are currently unbeaten against promoted sides at home in their last 32 games – winning a whooping 27 and sharing the spoils in five. This wouldn’t mean that Brentford are pushovers, even though their recent form leaves a lot to be desired. The Bees are in a very bad run of form, losing four of their last five games with the positive result in that dismal run being a bore draw against Crystal Palace.

Arsenal Team News

Everyone connected with the club are still sweating for updates on Takehiro Tomiyasu following his calf injury, and will be pleased with the last update from Arteta,

We are all good. The doubt was Tomiyasu, which is still not perfect, but he has trained the last few days so he is in contention and we can use him so that’s really positive.

Back up goalie, Bernd Leno, remains sidelined due to COVID, while Gabriel Martinelli is suspended courtesy of the most bizarre red card you’d ever see.

Arsenal Predicted Lineup

Brentford Team News

The Bees signed Christian Eriksen on a free transfer but he is still on the road to gain full fitness before making his highly anticipated debut. Club talisman, Ivan Toney, has struggled with a calf injury that has sidelined him for the last two games, so he’s scheduled to have a fitness test to determine his availability for today’s game.

Brentford Predicted Lineup

Injury / Suspension Updates

Arsenal: Tomiyasu (calf), Leno (COVID), Martinelli (suspension)

Brentford: Toney (calf), Eriksen (fitness), Jeanvier (knee), Fosu (hamstring), Zanka (muscle)

Form Guide

Arsenal Form

  • Last Five Games: W W L D W
  • Last Result: Wolves 0-1 Arsenal (Gabriel 25′)
  • Leading Goalscorer: Emile Smith-Rowe (9)

Brentford Form

  • Last Five Games: L L L L D
  • Last Result: Brentford 0-0 Crystal Palace
  • Leading Goalscorer: Ivan Toney (8)

Gooner Daily predicts a 3 – 0 Arsenal win.

Kick Off – 4.00pm (GMT +1) at Emirates Stadium.

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