Arsenal v Spurs

Yo, things are so hectic as we approach the end of the year that I just haven’t found the time for my weekly blog. So this is going to be a quick one to let you know that we are still around and expecting a big crowd for what is probably our biggest annual encounter against that crowd from up the road. And to add to that we’re doing another raffle with two shirts up for grabs, so don’t miss it.

Spurs seem to be gaining the upper hand as of late, having won two of the last three encounters. However, it has been eight years since we have lost an NLD at our home ground when Spurs scored three second half goals to come back from a two goal deficit at half time. Historically we have beaten them 16 more times and as is the case with derbies in general, form goes out the window and hunger and passion make a bold entry.

Spurs have been on a six game winning streak since losing at home, 1 – 0 to Manchester City. Last weekend they ended Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season and even though they have lost one more game than us they find themselves three points ahead of us courtesy of not having drawn any matches and winning two more matches. In midweek, they saw off Inter Milan 1 – 0 with an 80th minute strike by Eriksen. This places them precariously in second position on the same number of points as Inter with a trip to the Camp Nou still to come. Can they qualify for the knock out stages or will they join Arsenal in the Europa competition?

Arsenal are still on their unbeaten run which now totals eighteen matches. They had a bit of a dip where they managed three draws over four games starting with a 2-2 draw with Palace and ending with that very poor 1-1 draw with Wolves. They seem to have snapped out of that phase with their battling 2-1 victory away to Bournemouth and then the kids took over midweek with the 3-0 away win against Vorskla that sealed their position at the top of the table with one match still to play.

Sunday’s match is going to be a cracker and quite an experience for those newbies in the team including our manager Unai. I’m not too sure whether he will persevere with the 5 man back line and hopefully we will be looking at an attack minded set up. What does this mean? Possibly a similar line up to the game we played against Liverpool with one of Ozil and Mkhitaryan making way for…..? The options are Iwobi or Ramsey with the latter being accused of being too similar to Ozil and thus the possibilities are Ozil and Iwobi or Ramsey and Mkhitaryan. A lot has been written about Mkhitaryan with there being general frustration all around as to his touches on the ball being poor yet his movement off the ball which is much more difficult to assess when watching on TV have been highlighted as a major contributor to our victory over Bournemouth  last week.

On to the Arsenal South Africa fantasy leagues quickly and in the FPL Sibongumusa Shongwe’s BAFAN’ ABAFUN FC has jumped into second spot. The table looks as follows:

Sons of Pitches                  Jean Raath                          778

Bafan’ Abafun FC              Sibongumusa Shongwe  768

Im Gunning for you!!     Cedric Angelo Nappies     766

The Superbru league as usual keeps first and second places in check and welcomes Gunner for life into third spot. Gunner for life also top scored for the week with a nice 15.5 points picking 7 correct results. He’s putting the pressure on the top two and maybe we’ll see a bit more movement this week. The top three are as follows:

StevieZ                                 151,5

Davyboy                              150,5

Amith                                   149,0

So, after two away games we now return to home ground. Not too sure whether it’s going to be a relaxing Sunday afternoon but with three points up for grabs and the opportunity for Arsenal to move above Spurs in the table, this is a must watch match with the added incentive for those of you that can get down to The Brazenhead with yet another raffle sponsored by ArsenalSA and once again it’s two snazzy Arsenal shirts up for grabs. So guys and girls, why dontcha come on down to the Brazenhead on Sunday and see whether we can beat the auld enemy and take advantage of this fixture.

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