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

2. CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN – LAURENT KOSCIELNY

Koscielny
Koscielny

Last season despite starting slow, Eriksen ended the season on a brighter note with 7 goals and 9 assists to his name, of which majority came when he was played in the central role. However, Pocchettino started the season with his fellow Argentine Eric Lamela in the hole and Eriksen was shifted out wide, reducing his impact. But now recently, Eriksen has been moved back to his favorite position and he seems better off there. Against Arsenal, he will play a key role in getting Spurs the goals, against an Arsenal defense that has looked extremely fragile.

Koscielny is likely to be handed the responsibility of closing down Eriksen. The Frenchman has had his share of criticism in recent matches and would be eager to prove his critics wrong. Even though Arsenal lost the match against Southampton on Wednesday they were without both Koscielny and Mertasacker. Last week, Arsenal managed a clean-sheet against Aston Villa when both their senior centre-backs started and would hope to draw confidence from that result. But to do so, Koscielny must be on his toes against the dangerous Eriksen, especially with the added responsibility of Eriksen’s deadly set-pieces as well.

Written by Dinesh V

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