EPL: Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal Team News and Live Stream

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Thu 12, May, 2022 07:54pm · Web
Tottenham host Arsenal with Champions League qualification at stake, the Gunners currently reside in the top four on 66 points - four clear of their north London rivals with three games left to play, so Mikel Arteta's side could secure a top-four finish with three points at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Antonio Conte has had more than six months as Tottenham head coach since replacing Nuno Espirito Santo last year and has implemented his customary three-at-the-back starting formation in 24 of his 25 league games at the helm.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has primarily deployed a 4-2-3-1 system this term, but has also experimented with a 4-4-1-1 and 4-1-4-1, while lining up in a 5-4-1 on one occasion against Manchester City back in August.

Spurs defender Eric Dier and Arsenal counterpart Gabriel travel farther with the ball at their feet than any other players, but Heung-Min Son and Saka make notable inroads farther up the pitch.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Gabriel are the teams' respective pass-masters, but expect Martin Odegaard and Granit Xhaka to dominate possession in the middle third.

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If a top-four berth was awarded for goals scored, then Spurs would make the cut with their 60 goals to date ranking fourth in the Premier League - four more than their upcoming visitors - but Arteta's side should have outscored their hosts this term, according to expected-goal data.

The Gunners have also fired 108 more attempts at goal than Spurs this season and narrowly edge their rivals for shots on target, while both teams frequently muster fast breaks - a tactic Spurs have frequently executed with devastating effect under Conte.

The goal maps below reveal Arsenal are more potent inside the six-yard box and along a band ranging from the penalty spot to the left-of-centre area, while Spurs are dangerous centrally just outside the six-yard area, close to the D and on either side of the box.

Son has hit a purple patch of form of late, racking up 11 goal involvements in his past seven league outings, extending his league tally to 20 goals and now sits only two shy of Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot - despite xG estimating his expected returns should be merely 13.

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Arsenal have shared goals around the squad this term with their well-documented lack of a regular and prolific striker, but Eddie Nketiah has been firing on all cylinders since earning a regular starting berth up top, while Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have netted 11 and 10 league goals, respectively.

In terms of creative hotspots, Spurs tend to fire killer passes directly upfield from deeper central areas or from wide passes just outside the box into the six-yard box, while Arsenal typically tee up goals with cut-back passes in and around the penalty area.

Tottenham duo Harry Kane - who has also attempted more fast breaks than any other player among the two sides - and Dejan Kulusevski lead the way for assists with eight apiece, with Son only one behind his team-mates.

Tottenham's Heung-Min Son also fires far more passes into the opposition box than any team-mate or Arsenal player
For Arteta's side, Alexandre Lacazette enjoyed a creative surge in form to extend his league tally to seven assists before losing his starting place, ahead of Saka (six) and Gabriel Martinelli (five), while Odegaard conjures the most opportunities.

Both defences broadly reflect their current league standings - with Spurs conceding 40 goals and Arsenal shipping 42, ranking fifth and sixth in the Premier League, respectively.

In terms of winning back possession, Spurs are far more aggressive in their own defensive third - which reflects their deeper style - while Arsenal outmuscle their upcoming hosts in the middle and final thirds.

So expect a battle in Spurs' territory when the hosts look to beat the press and break through the Gunners' defensive line, with Arteta's men looking to protect the counter and maintain possession higher up the pitch.

In terms of the players, Odegaard and Saka win the ball back most frequently in the attacking third, but Spurs holding midfielder Hojbjerg is out on his own for recoveries in the middle third and also tops the list for reclaiming possession in the defensive third.

In terms of goals conceded, Arsenal appear slightly more vulnerable on their left side - typically an area marshalled by Gabriel - while Tottenham have been prone to leaking goals from range.

Opposition teams have typically looked to attack the right flank of both teams, exposing Arsenal right-backs Takehiro Tomiyasu or Cedric, and Spurs' counterparts Emerson Royal, Japhet Tanganga or Matt Doherty.

Arsenal are marginally more error-prone then Spurs, having made 20 mistakes leading to shots - of which, five resulted in goals. While the locations of these mishaps are fairly distributed, there is a slight skew to their right flank, which is attacked more frequently.

Unsurprisingly, Golden Boot candidate Son is currently in top form based on 35 matchday stats.

However, in-form Arsenal striker Nketiah is hot on the heels of the South Korea international going into the north London derby.

Son also leads the chart for season form - by a staggering 16,000-point margin, ahead of Saka, team-mate Kane and Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

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