The line-ups are in, the espresso’s been pulled and we’re just about set to get going on a big, big (big) North London Derby. The early kick-off is tough–especially if you’re watching in California as I am this morning. Still, I did not need an alarm to get up for this one, 4:30 am kickoff and all. As an extra bonus, my television coverage is in 4K this morning so I can see every straggly hair of Mesut Ozil’s “beard.” Good times…
Here are the starting line-ups:
Arsenal: Cech, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Sanchez, Lacazette. Subs: Mertesacker, Wilshere, Ospina, Iwobi, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Sanchez, Dier, Vertonghen, Trippier, Sissoko, Dembele, Eriksen, Davies, Alli, Kane. Subs: Son, Vorm, Llorente, Foyth, Aurier, Winks, Walker-Peters.
Referee: Mike Dean
So, what do you think? The Arsenal set up is exactly as I thought it would be. My biggest surprise is that Theo Walcott hasn’t made the bench. With Olivier Giroud also out due to injury that leaves not a lot of attacking power in reserve. The Totts line-up seems fairly aggressive given that I rate Moussa Sissoko as a very undisciplined player who cannot stop his attacking instincts no matter where he’s positioned. The other Moussa–Dembele, however, is a strong presence in the center of the pitch as is Eric Dier. Do Arsenal catch a break with Toby Alderwiereld out injured? Perhaps. My thought is that our own defense will need to be plenty strong to contain the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.
As much difficulty as Arsenal has gone through in this early season–it all goes out the window when we face the old enemy from up the Seven Sisters.
Come on you Gunners!!