Match to be played on 4th January 2014 at 17:15. Venue: Emirates Stadium, North London.
Tim Sherwood has revitalised the current squad of players and seems to have given them an injection of belief that they are ready to start mounting a stronger fight for success on multiple fronts.
Sherwood does have a couple of injury concerns which could force him into changes but he can still name a strong side for the trip to Arsenal.
GK – Hugo Lloris
Lloris is the undisputed number one at the club right now and he should retain his place without any issues. He’s very proactive in and around his own penalty area which has the ability to get his defence out of trouble.
RB – Kyle Walker
Walker’s pace down the right is very important. He will have the space to get forward because he’s likely to be matched up against Santi Cazorla who is not a natural left winger.
CB – Michael Dawson
This is a match where Dawson needs to really step up and provide a lot of leadership. He’ll be a very important player in the heart of the defence against plenty of players who will be looking to exploit small gaps and pockets of space.
CB – Vlad Chiriches
The defender had arguably his best game in the middle of the Tottenham defence against Manchester United. He seems comfortable with the pace and movement involved in English football.
LB – Danny Rose
Rose’s pace will be crucial in his battle against Arsenal’s Theo Walcott. Spurs will need him to match Walcott but also be alive for the chance of a counter attack once any Arsenal attack breaks down.
RM – Aaron Lennon
Lennon seems a lot more comfortable in his natural right sided midfield role. His pace will also be very important and he has a great relationship with Walker, which should work well for the side.
DM – Etienne Capoue
Capoue is likely to be at the back of a midfield trio, protecting the defence. Arsenal are immensely strong in midfield so Capoue has to constantly be on the lookout for runners across the middle.
CM – Mousa Dembele
Dembele seems to be very confident at the moment and his pace and power in central areas will be vital. He doesn’t try and be too clever and seems to prefer shifting the ball onto the more creative players.
AM – Christian Eriksen
Eriksen has been playing on the left but an injury to Emmanuel Adebayor means he may have to come into a role just behind the striker. It’s a role he played well when he was first used at the start of the season.
LM – Nacer Chadli
Chadli can provide balance on the left hand side and if he plays, it’s important he was a very disciplined game of football. He has to provide support to the midfield and attack but he also needs to offer Rose some protection.
ST – Roberto Soldado
Soldado’s job is simple. He has to make a nuisance of himself. The Spaniard needs to work hard to occupy both central defenders, which should create a little space for others in front of the Arsenal defence.
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