Graeme Le Saux on Tottenham v Arsenal: Well-drilled hosts should know what to expect

Graeme expects Spurs to be capable of dealing with Arsenal's attacking threat
Graeme expects Spurs to be capable of dealing with Arsenal's attacking threat
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Betfair Ambassador Graeme Le Saux gives his verdict on Saturday's early-kick off at Wembley...

"There’s no doubt that coming away from Anfield with a point was a good result for Tottenham but I thought they struggled to get into gear in the first half and possibly made some preventable mistakes."

Tottenham v Arsenal
Saturday, 12:30 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Main Event / Premier League

Last weekend's victory over Everton was such an important game for Arsenal, first and foremost in terms of form but also because they were able to put all the noise of the Alexis Sanchez transfer behind them. They had only picked up four points from a possible 12 going into the game so it was fantastic to see them triumph in such a convincing manner.

I was really taken with how well Henrik Mkhitaryan performed, he was involved in three of the goals and deservedly received the man of the match honours. Aaron Ramsey obviously bagged himself a hat-trick and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit the ground running. The only person feeling a bit sorry for himself is perhaps Alex Lacazette which is a shame as I just don't think he's been given sufficient opportunities to prove his worth. You don't just become a poor player, especially when you have a season like he did last year at Lyon.

Now despite that victory, we have to retain some sense of reality as the Gunners are still 11 points behind Man Utd - there's obviously little point in mentioning the 24 point gap between them and Manchester City. In addition, they've conceded only two fewer goals than bottom of the league West Brom. That's unacceptable for a side like Arsenal and in the context of this game, Spurs have conceded 11 less.

For Mauricio Pochettino's men, it was great to see Toby Alderweireld back in midweek and for all that the Tottenham backline dealt with Liverpool's attacking threat with credit, having him back is a real bonus. I wasn't sure Davinson Sanchez looked completely comfortable at Anfield though, he wasn't as decisive as he needed to be at times. That could be something that Arsenal look to exploit through Mkhitaryan and Ozil.

There's no doubt that coming away from Anfield with a point was a good result for Tottenham but I thought they struggled to get into gear in the first half and possibly made some preventable mistakes. They were however much improved in the second half, but how much of that can be attributed to Liverpool playing a more counter-attacking style is up for debate. Vitally though, they weren't over-awed by the pressure that comes with playing at Anfield.

Equally they've acquitted themselves well at home, only falling to defeat at Wembley on one occasion this season and they looked very comfortable there against Man Utd. It'll be interesting to see if Lucas Moura makes the bench, the fact that he has 46 goals & 50 assists in 229 appearances as a winger shows he's obviously got quality and he'll provide another attacking dimension for Pochettino.

Given the similarities in the way that Liverpool and Arsenal set up, Spurs should be well-drilled in knowing how to deal with the Gunners attacking threat and I expect them to come out on top at home.

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