There are some teams that you want to beat and then there are some whom you want to destroy. This fixture against the Spurs, fall on the second category. This is the 141st north London derby between Spurs and Arsenal.
These two managers have never had a nice encounter against each other. But Jol along with David Pleat (who writes for Guardian), Glen Hoddle (who does commentary for Sky) and Jacques Santini never got the better of Arsene Wenger as Tottenham managers. This is Martin Jol’s ninth attempt and I should say that he has a fair chance of beating Arsenal this time around.
His team has been scoring goals (8) and conceding (8) equally well. All the teams that played Derby has had a good match, with lots of goals and Tottenhan scored 4 in that match alone. Their defence has been leaking in a lot of goals which will be Jol’s biggest concern. But the likes of Keane and Berbatov would prove a handful to Arsenal. I personally like Berbatov and he is very cool when he is inside the box, keeps his calm and slots the ball well. It is the others including the manager that I do not like. The last time Arsenal played in White Hart Lane, Jenas scored their equaliser at 45 seconds past 4 mins of added on time and the referee denied a come from behind victory for Arsenal.
If Arsenal come back with a point it should be a good result given that the defence is going to be a make-shift one with Senderos missing on suspension and Gallas out injured. Djourou loaned out to Birmingham doesn’t help on the matters either. So it will be interesting to see who will play in the Arsenal back four. But the positives from the International weekend is the goalscoring of Eduardo and Rosicky. So we should be able to breach the Spurs defence couple of times atleast. With Liverpool away to Portsmouth this would be an interesting weekend on the top of the table. I think there will be changes. But I just hope that Arsenal remain there with a draw or a win 🙂