Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal meet in the postponed match of week 22 of the English League 2021-2022 season at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Thursday (13/5/2022) local time or Friday 01.45 WIB.
Arsenal are currently in fourth place in the Premier League standings with 66 points.
Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur followed in fifth position with 62 points.
If they win, Arsenal will certainly finish in the top four of the Premier League standings.
Fourth place will be Arsenal’s highest ranking at the end of the season since the 2015-16 season when they were runners-up.
After the 2015-16 season, Arsenal have always finished outside the top four.
On the other hand, if Tottenham Hotspur wins, then Spurs still maintain hope of overtaking Arsenal on the condition that they can continue to win in the remaining matches and the Gunners slip.
The struggle for fourth place in the Premier League standings is not the only reason the duel between Spurs and Arsenal promises a fierce match.
The two teams are also tied for rival status among North London teams.
Factors of prestige and competition for decades also added to the weight of the meeting on Friday this morning WIB.
Quoted from BolaSport.com from the official Premier League website, Arsenal’s task is far from easy.
Tottenham Hotspur are unbeaten in their last seven home games against Arsenal in the Premier League.
The Lilywhites won five and drew twice against Arsenal in the Premier League.
It was Spurs’ longest unbeaten streak at home against Arsenal after the period between 1960 and 1968.
At that time, Spurs managed to go nine games unbeaten against Arsenal.
Tottenham Hotspur again make Harry Kane as a pedestal on the front lines.
Harry Kane is the top scorer in the North London derby in all competitions.
He has scored against Arsenal 11 times from 16 matches.
Kane has the opportunity to add to his goals in this match, as well as ending the goal drought in the last two meetings against Arsenal.
In the Arsenal camp, Mikel Arteta lowered Bukayo Saka as a starter.
Saka became one of Arsenal’s goalscorers in the 3-1 win over Spurs in the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium.
Tottenham Hotspur (3-4-2-1): 1-Hugo Lloris; 6-Davinson Sanchez, 15-Eric Dier, 33-Ben Davies; 12-Emerson Royal, 30-Rodrigo Bentancur, 5-Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, 19-Ryan Sessegnon; 21-Dejan Kulusevski, 7-Son Heung-min; 10-Harry Kane
Coach: Antonio Conte
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): 32-Aaron Ramsdale; 17- Cedric Soares, 6-Gabriel Magalhaes, 16-Rob Holding, 18-Takehiro Tomiyasu; 34-Granite Xhaka, 25-Mohamed Elneny; 8-Martin Odegaard, 35-Gabriel Martinelli, 7-Bukayo Saka; 30-Eddie Nketiah
Coach: Mikel Arteta
Wasit: Paul Tierney