Arsenal vs Tottenham – LIVE Reddit Soccer 12/05/2022
After a painful period of behind-closed-doors North London derbies, supporters prepare to arrive at the Emirates Stadium en masse to witness Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur lock horns on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners enter this game on the back of a 3-0 EFL Cup success against AFC Wimbledon, whereas Spurs needed penalties to get over the line against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Martin Odegaard endeared himself to the Arsenal fans straight away with a goal in last season’s Emirates North London derby – although the Gunners faithful were not there to witness it – but plenty in Turf Moor were treated to a slice of Scandinavian magic last weekend.
Arsenal’s profligacy could have cost them dear once again, but former Real Madrid starlet Odegaard scored a peach of a free kick against Burnley to set Arsenal on their way to a 1-0 win before a second-string XI cruised to a 3-0 EFL Cup third-round win over League One outfit AFC Wimbledon.
The Gunners’ previous win over Norwich City means that they enter the North London derby on the back of three wins and three clean sheets on the spin – with Mikel Arteta reaping the rewards of having his first-choice defenders available – but they remain in a disappointing 13th place in the fledgling standings.
After only managing one goal from 17 shots on target against Norwich, Arsenal produced an equally worrying success rate against Burnley – a solitary strike from nine efforts on goal – and failure to put the tie to bed will certainly harm them against their fellow continental chasers.
However, Arsenal have not failed to score in a Premier League meeting at home to Tottenham since the turn of the millennium, and given their rivals’ recent run of form, Arteta’s side are the ones with the wind in their sails before Sunday’s mouthwatering contest.
However, a positive aspect of that nail-biting EFL Cup clash was Harry Kane’s first domestic goal of the season, with the England captain still awaiting his first strike of the 2021-22 Premier League campaign as he aims to steal the headlines on derby day once again.
Owing to their recent setbacks in league action, Tottenham have now dropped to seventh in the table and can still only boast a measly three goals – by far the fewest in the top half – but their hosts Arsenal only have two strikes of their own to show for their efforts.
The two sides boasting five goals between them hardly serves as a cause for optimism for the neutral fans, but in a tale as old as time, form goes out the window on North London derby day as the Emirates crowd gears up for the prospect of another enticing battle between the two great rivals.
As mentioned, Arsenal claimed a 2-1 win in this fixture last term during Jose Mourinho’s tenure in charge of Tottenham – although Spurs did prevail 2-0 at home a few months prior – and the visitors have won just one of their last 28 away games against Arsenal in the top flight.
In complete contrast, Spurs – who were collecting wins and clean sheets while Arsenal fell to defeats without finding the back of the net – have suffered quite the confidence hit in recent weeks following back-to-back 3-0 defeats to Crystal Palace and Chelsea in top-flight action.
Nuno Espirito Santo sought another memorable return to Molineux in the EFL Cup to rediscover some form ahead of the North London derby, but they threw away a two-goal lead on the night and only progressed via penalty kicks against Wolves during a taxing evening in the West Midlands.