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3 Key Battles That Will Decide The North London Derby – Arsenal vs Tottenham

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Arsenal vs Tottenham Key Battles

There are very few fixtures in the English Premier League that matches the excitement of the North London derby. Over the years, Arsenal and Tottenham have indulged in some very fierce battles and even though the head-to-head results sway Arsenal’s way with a score of 76-54 and 47 draws in total, the competition has never been easy. Tomorrow the derby is back and promises to be as exciting as ever with both teams hoping to get going after what has been a tough start to the season. In spite of both Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pocchettino being fond of attractive teamwork football, it seems likely that would eventually deciding who the winner would be will come down to moments of individual brilliance.

Let us take a look at 3 key duels that is likely to heat up the derby fixture-


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Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal’s marquee signing of the summer is quickly starting to adapt to the Premier League and has now scored in 4 of his last 5 matches. Having been rested for last week’s fixture against Aston Villa, Sanchez scored off a fabulous curling free-kick in the mid-week loss against Southampton in the Capital One Cup tie. High on confidence, Sanchez is likely to trouble the Spurs side that has not had a steady start to their campaign.

With Sanchez likely to be stationed on the right of the midfield 3 in a 4-2-3-1, the duty to contain him would be on Danny Rose. The arrival of Ben Davies in the Spurs side has been a decent challenge for Rose and he has stepped up his game a notch in comparison to last time, especially going upfront. But his defensive work has not been the best, and it would be interesting to see how Rose will keep in check Sanchez’s quick runs down the flanks. The winner of this duel would almost certainly have a huge role in deciding the final outcome of the game.

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