Tottenham vs Arsenal: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

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Expect a Cagey Affair


Spurs have won back-to-back home matches, against West Ham United and Everton, but those are their only two victories in 11 matches stretching back to mid-February.


Mourinho possesses an array of attacking talent, not least prolific striker Harry Kane, but getting the most out of those players is proving very tough. One positive for Mourinho has been an increase in clean sheets – three in their last four games – and he has called on his side to find a balance between attack and defence.


Arsenal had won three games in a row without conceding before being pegged back in a late 1-1 draw with Leicester City in their most recent outing.


The Gunners’ problems go a lot further back than that, but it was after the 2-1 loss at Brighton & Hove Albion that Mikel Arteta seemed to realise the size of the task that he has inherited. The Spaniard has gained a reputation for being a good tactician and Arsenal have certainly showed real signs of recovery in the three weeks since that loss on the South Coast.


Tottenham are unbeaten in their last five home league meetings with Arsenal, although this will be their first such meeting at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Gunners have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 top-flight trips to their closest neighbours, coming in a 1-0 victory six years ago.