Friday, 1 March 2019


Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has delighted and angered fans of the Gunners at various times of the season, with his latest comments risking the wrath of the club’s fans ahead of the crucial north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday. According to Alex Iwobi’s club boss, his counterpart at Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino, can be described as “a very good coach”.

The last time both sides met in the league at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season, it was Emery’s men that came away with from the Premier League meeting with a 4-2 win, though, Tottenham went on a fine run afterwards. And Emery was full of praise for the job Pochettino has done – although he hopes “that won’t be the case” on Saturday. “He’s young. He has done a great job in all the teams in his career, especially here, in Tottenham,” Emery said of his north London rival.

Emery added: “I have a lot of respect for him as a person, because he’s a good person, but above all as a professional and a coach. He’s young and he’s going to do important things in football. I hope tomorrow that won’t be the case. I know him, respect him a lot and he’s a very good coach.”

The Gunners would close the gap to third-placed Spurs to a single point with a victory at Wembley in Saturday’s early kick off, with both teams heading into the game in vastly different runs of form. Arsenal claimed a 5-1 win at home to Bournemouth on Sunday with goals from Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Laurent Koscielny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette as the Gunners maintained their hold on fourth spot with their closest rivals for the position also winning at the weekend.

Manchester United showed no signs of an injury crisis rocking the club when they claimed a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace to remain one point behind the Gunners in fifth place while Chelsea recovered from heartache in the Carabao Cup final and the ensuing controversy that saw Kepa Arrizabalaga at the centre of the storm, by beating Spurs 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to keep pace in the chase for a top four finish three points behind Arsenal – the Blues also have a game in hand.

On the contrary, the loss at Maurizio Sarri’s side was a second successive defeat for Spurs who fell 2-1 at Burnley in a game which saw the club’s top scorer, Harry Kane, return from injury and score their only goal of the afternoon. The Lilywhites would also be at a disadvantage as Pochettino’s side would have an eye on the return leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 clash with Borussia Dortmund – though the Londoners head to Germany with a healthy 3-0 lead from the first leg.

Who would come out tops in the north London derby? Iwobi’s Arsenal or Kane’s Tottenham?

No comments:

Post a Comment