Arsenal hosts Tottenham in round 6 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Sunday, September 26th at Emirates Stadium (London)
Arsenal is going through hard times. The club is in a game crisis. The Gunners failed at the start of the season and showed the worst result in a long time, ending up in the relegation zone. The coaching staff even had to arrange a friendly match in order to instill in the team their philosophy as soon as possible, and so that the players would gain optimal condition. An inexperienced analyst will say that the situation is slowly improving, but the last two victories were over weak opponents (Burnley and Norwich). And those six points were earned with great difficulties, because both games ended with a minimum score of 1-0. The management spent a considerable amount of money on transfers in the summer, but the result is poor so far. Therefore, it is too early to say that the Gunners have got out of the crisis. A difficult exam is ahead, and perhaps the world will find out at what level Arsenal is now after it.
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Tottenham’s situation is no better. Only under Mauricio Pochettino did the team play consistently and demonstrated quality football. After the failure with Jose Mourinho, ex-coach of Wolverhampton Nuno Espirito Santo was appointed as the new manager. The Portuguese has yet to cope with the task at hand. The Lilywhites have three victories, two defeats, and a negative difference between goals scored and conceded. They made two misfires in the last rounds, losing twice to Chelsea and Crystal Palace with the same score of 0-3. The match against the Pensioners was indicative, as the Spurs lost in all respects: the score, the game itself, statistics, and xG indicator.
Both teams are now not in their best shape. They concede unnecessary goals, and their defensive lines can hardly be called reliable. On the other hand, both the hosts and the visitors want to make up for their failures in front of their fans. It is necessary to correct the situation, gain points, and rise higher in the standings. Both sides are motivated. The London derby shouldn’t be boring. In head-to-head confrontations, Tottenham and Arsenal usually score 2-3 goals on average. We expect a similar outcome in the upcoming match at the Emirates Stadium.