Arsène Wenger may not have noticed that at Wembley, he played the last North London derby with his beloved Arsenal this February. And the score wasn’t in his favour as Harry Kane scored the winning goal.
Now, in place of Wenger, an energetic, young Spaniard called Unai Emery will be standing on the touchline of the Emirates to gesture to his players and scream at them like a kid when they don’t play well.
Admit it, Arsenal are still the same old club but with a brand-new look. On the other hand, there isn’t much change in the squad (and stadium) for Tottenham. Not to mention that Pochettino is still here.
This is why the North London derby is a rejuvenated duel between both Spanish speaking coaches and their men. Whoever wins doesn’t matter because when they meet each other again, it’ll be a more tense affair than ever.
It’s the dress rehearsal for the Carabao Cup semi-final for both sides.
If the Gunners win the match, not only they can declare that “London is red” but also, laugh at their fierce rivals of “not being able to in a cup final”. On the other hand, Tottenham will want to make history at Holloway. Not just a derby for both sides.
You’re in the right place for our analysis of the match of the century, with the details of the match itself, records last year and most importantly, score predictions by our team.
Details of the match
Teams: Arsenal FC vs Tottenham Hotspur FC
Kick-off time: 2 December 2018, 1730 BST
Ground: Emirates Stadium, London, UK
Kits: Home (red and white by Puma) vs Home (white and blue by Nike)
Referee: Mike Dean
Injury list: Koscielny, Lacazette, Lichtsteiner, Mavropanos, Monreal, Welbeck (Arsenal), Janssen, M. Dembélé (Tottenham)
Form of both clubs
- 1-1 home draw against Liverpool in the Premier League (Lacazette; Milner)
- 0-0 home draw against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League
- 1-1 home draw against Wolves in the Premier League (Mkhitaryan; Cavaleiro)
- 2-1 away win against Bournemouth in the Premier League (King; Lerma OG, Aubameyang)
- 3-0 away win against Vorskla in the Europa League (Smith-Rowe, Ramsey PEN, J. Willock)
- 3-2 away win against Wovles in the Premier League (Neves PEN, Jiménez PEN; Lamela, Moura, Kane)
- 2-1 home win against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions Legue (Kane x2; de Jong)
- 1-0 away win against Crystal Palace in the Premier League (Foyth)
- 3-1 home win against Chelsea in the Premier League (Alli, Kane, Son; Giroud)
- 1-0 home win against Inter Milan in the Champions League (Eriksen)
Score predictions and analysis:
- “Despite Arsenal have the home advantage, it’s Tottenham they’re playing and the Gunners haven’t been playing well against the Top 6 sides this season. It’ll be of no surprise for me if it ends in a draw or a win for the travelling party. Plus, Leno won’t keep a clean sheet. Let’s not talk about the referee, who’s a supporter of the visitors. 2-1 Tottenham” (Alf)
- “This is going to be a hell of a match. Both sides are coming off a win, with Spurs three points and two places higher. Arsenal have begun to falter, but I still see this being an entertaining, and high-scoring, draw. 2-2 draw” (Oliver)
- “I just can’t choose. Both teams are looking very fine right now, and I can only see them both getting frustrated when the points are shared. 1-1 draw” (Dan)
As always, “no score should be treated as certain before the final whistle is blown”. Also, here’s a friendly reminder for all of you: gamble wisely if you really want to place bets on football matches, or you’ll be in deep regret later.