Arsenal will shut in on their first Premier League top-four end since 2015/16 by beating fierce north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday.
Regardless of experiencing an abysmal begin to the season, Mikel Arteta’s males at the moment are on the cusp of securing their first Champions League qualification in six years.
House owners of a promising four-match profitable league streak, the Gunners head to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in excessive spirits, understanding one other triumph will get their top-four bid over the road.
With only three matches left, Arsenal boast a four-point lead on fifth-placed Tottenham and are in fine condition to determine an enthralling top-four battle this midweek.
Arteta has gone from one of the crucial under-pressure Premier League managers to the best-performing Gunners boss since Arsene Wenger.
One other win on this all-London showdown may very well be the proper reward for the Spanish tactician, although Arsenal’s latest away report in opposition to Spurs spells bother.
Arteta’s males are winless of their seven earlier Premier League visits to Tottenham (D2, L5), shedding the final two in a row.
Conte, who’s aiming to guide Spurs to a 3rd successive H2H house win for the primary time since 1961, heaped reward on Arteta’s spectacular work on the Emirates Stadium within the pre-match convention (by way of soccer.london).
Conscious that one other sub-par efficiency can be detrimental to their bid to qualify for Europe’s elite competitors for the primary time in three years, Tottenham will struggle tooth and nail to take care of their strong house kind.
Conte’s males have gained 4 of their final 5 Premier League house outings (L1), notably bagging 3+ targets in every victory.
However Conte laments an underwhelming managerial report in opposition to Arsenal, having gained simply considered one of his eight earlier conferences with the Gunners (D4, L3).
After experiencing all types of issues in high-stake fixtures earlier within the season, Arsenal have gained back-to-back Premier League London derbies, overcoming non-other than Chelsea and West Ham United.
What’s extra, Arteta’s facet dispatched Tottenham 3-1 within the reverse fixture on the Emirates, that means they may register their first league double over fierce north London rivals since 2013/14.
That alone needs to be sufficient to encourage the Gunners to increase their two-game profitable streak on the street and ensure to complete above Tottenham within the standings for the primary time since 2015/16.
As per the most recent Tottenham information, Conte won’t be able to name upon the providers of Matt Doherty, Oliver Skipp, Japhet Tanganga and Sergio Reguilon.
As for Arsenal, Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney are dominated out with accidents, although defensive mainstay Ben White is on the verge of regaining full health after lacking out on the final two video games.
Tottenham Hotspur Potential Beginning XI
(3-4-3): Hugo Lloris; Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Ben Davies; Emerson Royal, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur, Ryan Sessegnon; Dejan Kulusevski, Harry Kane, Son Heung-min.
Arsenal Potential Beginning XI
(4-2-3-1): Aaron Ramsdale; Ben White, Rob Holding, Gabriel, Takehiro Tomiyasu; Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny; Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli; Eddie Nketiah.
The 2 remaining Arsenal fixtures down the ultimate stretch will convey them up in opposition to bottom-half Newcastle United and relegation-battling Everton.
Nevertheless, Thursday’s conflict may take away all doubts concerning the Gunners’ top-four pursuit, and we count on Arteta to assault Conte’s facet at full bore.
We again the high-flying Gunners to show their Champions League credentials at one of the crucial formidable Premier League venues to overcome.
Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Arsenal