‘North London Derby’ is one of the most recognised and followed derby around the globe. Both of the North London based clubs Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur go head to head to get the upper hand over their fiercest rivalry every season.
Talking about North London Derby 2017, Tottenham Hotspur have emerged themselves as one of the strongest contenders for Premier League title in last couple of seasons. The players they have and way they perform have gained plaudits from around the globe. On the other side, Arsene Wenger & Co. have much to prove with missing out on Champions League and consequently coming under criticism over their selection and transfers.
Will the North London Derby 2017 be ‘best’ until now?
We can say the rivalry between Wenger and Pochettino will serve as toppings to the fixture. When you hear ‘North London Derby’ – you know there is a lot at stake. Both the clubs are top contenders for English title as well as in the European Cups.
North London Derby 2017 will certainly have the capability of going into the books as ‘one of the best derby’. For neutrals it’s a ‘game of joy’ but for a supporter North London Derby is ‘Matter of Pride’.
North London Derby 2017 Fixtures :
Two legs of 2017’s North London derby will take place on usual basis in the Premier League.
One match hosted by each club. There are possibilities of more matches in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup.
North London Derby 2017 Schedule :
Arsenal vs Tottenham :
North London derby 2017 location: Emirates Stadium.
Date and Time: 18th November 2017, 18:00 IST
Tottenham vs Arsenal :
North London derby 2017 location: Wembley Stadium.
Date and Time: 10th February, 2018, 20:30 IST.
North London Derby Pre Analysis :
Arsenal Derby 2017 :
Transfer In : Alexandre Lacazette (£47m from Lyon), Sead Kolasinac (Free from Schalke)
Transfer Out : Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£40m to Liverpool), Wojciech Szczęsny (£11m to Juventus), Gabriel (£10m to Valencia), Yaya Sanogo (Free to Toulouse), Carl Jenkinson (Loan to Birmingham), Cohen Bramall (Loan to Birmingham), Emiliano Martinez (Loan to Getafe)
Arsenal had signed Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon this season with a huge transfer fees. Thus they have strengthened their team’s forward line. Arsenal’s forward line is looking really strong this year with the presence of Sanchez, Ozil, Giroud and Lacazette. With them Welbeck, Iwobi and Walcott are waiting at the bench to provide them good support when needed. Wenger is really confident this year with such strong attacking force. He can easily rotate the attackers in Premier League and Europa League. Lacazette, Ozil and Sanchez are the three chosen forwards for the Premier League. On the other hand, Giroud, Iwobi and Walcott are set to start in the Europa League matches.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain had left Arsenal this season to join Liverpool as he wished to play in the central midfield position but Wenger was using him as a wingback player. Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey are the two chosen central midfield players for Arsenal whereas Jack Wilshere is always ready to prove his quality in the bigger stage.
Sead Kolasinac was brought as a free agent from Schalke this season. The Bundesliga star is really proving his class in the Premier League. He is playing a pivotal role as a wingback for Arsenal this season. On the other hand, Bellerin is a Premier League proved campaigner who is really important for Arsenal at the left flank of the attack. Maitland Niles and Reiss Nelson are also there as backup option in the wingback position.
Monreal is playing in the central defense for Arsenal this season as Wenger is playing with a three back formation this season. With him, Koscielny and Mustafi are chosen most of the times by Wenger as central defensive options. Rob Holding and Per Mertesacker are also two defensive options for Arsenal as backup in the long season.
Petr Cech is the last man of defense for Arsenal. He is always the first choice keeper for them. David Ospina can be used as the backup option as Wojciech Szczęsny left this summer to Juventus. With this strong line up Arsenal will surely give Tottenham a good challenge in the North London Derby.
Tottenham Derby 2017 :
Transfer In: Davinson Sanchez (Ajax, £43m), Paulo Gazzaniga (Southampton, undisclosed), Juan Foyth (Estudiantes, undisclosed), Serge Aurier (PSG, £23m), Fernando Llorente (Swansea City, £11m)
Transfer Out: Kyle Walker (Manchester City, £50m), Federico Fazio (Roma, undisclosed), Clinton N’Jie (Marseille, undisclosed), Nabil Bentaleb (Schalke, undisclosed), Kevin Wimmer (Stoke City, £18m), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United, loan), Josh Onomah (Aston Villa, loan), Will Miller (Burton Albion, undisclosed)
Tottenham have also reinforced their squad as they have brought Llorente from Swansea City as the deadline day of this season’s summer transfer window as the good backup for Harry Kane. Harry Kane is undoubtedly one of the best strikers of Premier League. He will be one of the key players of the North London Derby to watch out for.
Alli and Eriksen will be two key players for Spurs in the attacking midfield area. Tottenham will most probably play with a 4-3-3 formation with Alli Eriksen and Kane upfront. Sissoko, Winks and Dier will play in the central midfield area for Spurs in the match.
Vertonghen and Alderweireld are two Belgian pillars of Spurs defense. The new inclusion of Davidson Sanchez from Ajax this season will give them more options in the defensive third. Kyle Walker had left Spurs this season but it had not caused a great problem for Spurs as Davies is taking his place quite perfectly and Danny Rose can also be used as a backup option for them. Hugo Lloris is the last man of the defense for Spurs and the Frenchman is improving day by day. So, with this squad Spurs will expect a top four finish in the League Table and will surely be a tough opponent to beat in the North London Derby.
North London Derby 2017 Managers Key Clash :
This North London Derby is going to be a key one for both managers Wenger and Pochettino. Last season Tottenham had finished before Arsenal.
Now, this brings us back to Arsenal vs Tottenham 2017 and Tottenham vs Arsenal 2018 – these both will want to prove themselves. On one hand Arsene Wenger will want to show his quality after being ‘disrespected’ by Arsenal fans with the ‘Wenger Out’ banner and on other hand Pochettino would want to prove his legacy.
North London Derby 2017 is the perfect scenario to spark the ‘Clash of Titans’ in Premier League.
North London Derby 2017 Key Clashes :
Tottenham vs Arsenal Match Facts :
- Harry Kane is now the highest goal scorer with 6 goals for Tottenham Hotspur against Arsenal.
- It will be the first North London Derby for Alexandre Lacazette.
- 193 North London Derbies had been occurred till date where Tottenham had won 62 matches, Arsenal had won 80 matches and 51 matches had been drawn.
Possible Starting Line Ups :