One of the most awaited match of the season is scheduled to take place tomorrow when Arsenal take on Tottenham Hotspur. The London derby is one match which the fans look forward to for the whole season and this game does not restrict itself to only the football played on the ground. It is a matter of pride for both the clubs and an occasion to renew their age old rivalry. Sunday will not be any different and all eyes will be on this match. Here are three talking points previewing the game.
While Arsenal have signed no player this season, Spurs have spent a huge sum of money on seven incoming players. Spurs have shifted from their usual poor start to the season and registered two wins in as many games. Arsenal, on the other hand, have been criticized for their lack of activity in the transfer window and their squad have looked frail. The disgruntlement among their fans has reached an optimum level, with many even calling to sack Wenger. This season may witness a change of power in London and this match is thus of primary importance.
For many seasons now Arsenal fans have taunted the Spurs fans for their knack of finishing below them in the league table and missing out on Champions League football. This season the Spurs fans would feel that their club would be able to edge past the Gunners and that they would get the chance to sheer for their team playing against a Champions League opponent. Although that debate would be settled only after the final gameweek of the season, Sunday’s match would be the formal inauguration of that debate!
The London derby would be also be significant because of the clash between the two managers of different philosophies. While veteran Wenger is a strict disciplinarian and epitomises everything traditional, young Andre Villas Boas is of more flamboyant nature and that reflects in his strategies. On Sunday we would be able to witness the clash between two such managers, one an old proven warhorse and another breaking into the horizon.