Tottenham vs Arsenal Match LIVE Football Score 08/08/2021
Tottenham. There are no such occasions as friendlies when it’s Tottenham. Whether it’s the Mind Series or it’s the good old days of Robet Pires in his pomp, Arsenal vs Tottenham is a game to savour. It hasn’t been much of an enjoyable visit making the short journey north of late. Not in the past seven away visits has victory been clinched. That’s far too long.
Pre-season had been relatively enjoyable up until the Chelsea defeat as despite no victories in Scotland against Hibernian or Rangers, the form and fitness of the team was steadily improving. Thomas Partey’s injury was a huge blow building up towards the Premier League curtain-raiser away at Brentford, while the defeat on home soil to the Blues wasn’t especially enjoyable either. But it’s only pre-season, right?
The battle for bragging rights in North London gets underway earlier than usual this summer as Tottenham take on Arsenal in a pre-season clash that is unlikely to feel anything like a ‘friendly.’ Tottenham will host the contest as Arsenal hope that the crunching tackles are kept to a minimum given the fixture takes place just five days before their opening game of the Premier League season against Brentford. The game also marks what is technically the first non-competitive north London derby since 1990, but make no mistake both sides will be aiming for the win before their first league games against the Bees and in Tottenham’s case – Manchester City.
It may only be pre-season but north London derbies are always an occasion to look forward to, and this Sunday we’re treated to the latest instalment of the old rivalry as Tottenham host Arsenal in the Mind Series tournament.
Both of these sides have already played Chelsea in the round-robin event, but neither have recorded a win after Spurs battled back to earn a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge and the Gunners were beaten 2-1 by Thomas Tuchel’s side at the Emirates Stadium.
Harry Kane, striker for Tottenham and the England National team is at the highest point of his career, after having had a great Euro 2020. In recent seasons his scoring contribution has been very high. He has the characteristics of a striker with mobility and good technique, although speed is not his strong skill, he knows how to find spaces for himself and his teammates with intelligent movements.
Nuno Espirito Santo will probably be looking forward to the game given it’ll be two hours of his life where he doesn’t have to think about the future of Harry Kane – though he’ll probably spend the full match thinking about him and wishing he was playing, so scratch that.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, French striker of Spanish-Gabonese descent and player of the Gabon National team, stands out for his great speed and versatility in different positions.
He has a great stride that makes him unstoppable in wide open spaces because of his impressive acceleration and speed. He has many technical resources, has a dribble, a great scoring nose and is excellent in the definition, as well as good vision of the game to assist his teammates.
Kane won’t feature in Sunday’s matchday squad as he’ll be self-isolating having returned from holiday – a plight which is also expected to keep him out of Spurs’ opening Premier League fixture against Manchester City.
The only other absentee is expected to be Ryan Sessegnon who is also a doubt for Nuno’s side’s clash with City next weekend, while Pierluigi Gollini could be handed his home debut after getting the nod against Chelsea in midweek.