As another Premier League derby gets underway, every football fan will be keeping an eye out on the battle in north London. Arsenal host their rivals Tottenham Hotspur and the result could justify who gets into the top four at the end of the season or go even bigger and challenge for the title itself.
A great start to the Emirates Cup left Arsenal up 8 points after a Benfica win, with Yaya Sanogo bagging four goals completing his first hat trick at the club. There were good performances all round with new singing Calum Chambers starting at the back for the Gunners.
The return of Joel Campbell allowed he Arsenal fans to see if he could continue his World Cup form, and he did so with a cracking volley assisted by youngster Hector Bellerin. The first game involving Arsenal and Tottenham last year was held at the Emirates; the score being 1-0 to Arsenal with Olivier Giroud getting his name on the score sheet.
So far, there have been four new additions to the Arsenal squad. These include, Chambers, Ospina, Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez. The fans will be hoping their new Chilean star can net a few past Hugo Lloris.
Wenger planing big deal?
With just under a month remaining, Arsene Wenger is looking to pull off a magic trick by signing a big name to fill that defensive slot in the team. With so many Arsenal targets flushed away, including Morgan Schneiderlin, Luiz Gustavo and Javi Martinez, Arsenal's dreams of reliving their glory days may have to be stalled.
Tottenham on the other hand have spent very little and their only major replacement being a new manager in Pochettino. The introduction of Swansea City’s Ben Davies and Michel Vorm are quite key in terms of squad depth but Spurs look as if they are going to have to rely on Eriksen and former Arsenal striker Adebayor.
Tussle over target
However, both clubs targeted Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin but the French international looks to have favoured a move to White Hart Lane because more first team football can be offered. This reiterates my point that Arsenal will have to spend a bit more if they are to land a quality defensive midfielder.
Comparing the current teams the battle looks in the Gunners favour with the difference being that the Arsenal team have more experience in top level football, like the Champions League every year.
We are yet to know the definite starting line ups however we can give a rough estimate. (ARS/TOT) - Who's better in that position based on last year's performances?:
GK: Wojciech Szczęsny | Hugo Lloris (TOT)
RB: Mathieu Debuchy | Kyle Walker (ARS)
CB: Laurent Koscielny | Michael Dawson (ARS)
CB: Per Mertesacker | Jan Vertonghen (ARS)
LB: Kieren Gibbs | Ben Davies/Danny Rose (ARS)
CM: Jack Wilshere/Santi Cazorla | Paulinho (ARS)
CM: Aaron Ramsey | Nabil Bentaleb/Sandro (ARS)
CM: Mikel Arteta/Tomas Rosicky | Moussa Dembele (ARS
CAM: Mesut Ozil | Christian Eriksen (ARS)
ST: Olivier Giroud | Roberto Soldado/Harry Kane (ARS)
ST: Alexis Sanchez | Emmanuel Adebayor (ARS)
Arsenal player dominate when it comes to comparing players with the Spurs team; the only Tottenham player to challenge is goalkeeper Hugo Lloris who had an outstanding record of saves last season.
The rest of the team are almost impossible to compare to Arsenal's team, which carries more experience at top level football including the Champions League and last year’s FA Cup victory would have boosted the morale.
Old heads key
This experience could win the day for Arsenal and any signings made between now and then will only help their cause against fierce rivals Tottenham. However, them being rivals, it could come down to pure determination rather than experience so both teams will have to be on top of their game.