Tottenham hosts Arsenal live on Sky Sports this Thursday with Champions League qualification at stake – but how does the squad’s current style and form compare before the big clash?
The Gunners are currently in the top four with 66 points – they are four ahead of their north London rivals with three games to go, so Mikel Arteta’s side can be at Tottenham The stadium finished in the top four with 3 points.
But how do the teams compare tactically and what can we expect when teams clash in front of Sky cameras?
Antonio Conte has been Tottenham’s manager for more than six months since replacing Nuno Espirito Santo last year and has implemented 24 of his 25 league games in charge. His usual starting lineup of three backs.
Arsenal manager Arteta has mostly deployed a 4-2-3-1 this season, but has also tried 4-4-1-1 and 4-1-4-1, while lining up 5-4-1 Against Manchester City in August.
As you can see in the picture below, Spurs tend to sit further back, relying on three strikers and full-backs to counter-attack, while the Gunners are built higher on the pitch – leaving only the goalkeeper and centre-backs in their own half all.
Both sides tend to attack the most frequently and pose the greatest threat on their respective right flanks, mainly through Dejan Kulusevski and Buja Saka for home and away teams respectively.
Spurs defender Eric Dier and Arsenal rival Gabriel went farther with the ball than any other player, but Son Heung-min and Saka stood out on the pitch.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Gabriel are their respective passing masters, but Martin Odegaard and Granit Xhaka are expected to dominate possession in midfield.
Harry Kane has run farther than any other player in the squad this season, while strike partner Son Heung-min tops the sprint
A top-four finish on the basis of goals would see Tottenham advance, their 60 goals to date are fourth in the Premier League – four more than the outgoing visitors – but Arteta’s side This season should outscore the hosts. to the expected target data.
The Gunners have also taken 108 more shots than Tottenham this season and are narrowly ahead of their opponents in terms of shots on goal, while both teams are often fast-breakers – a tactic that Spurs have often used under Conte. devastating impact.
The goal chart below shows that Arsenal are stronger in the six-yard box and from the penalty spot to the center-left area, while Spurs are dangerous in the middle outside the six-yard area, close to the D on either side of the box
Son Heung-min has been in poor form lately, scoring 11 goals in his last seven league games to expand his league tally to 20 and is now just two shy of Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot. one – although xG estimates that his expected return should be only 13.
Arsenal have shared goals in the squad this season and they have a documented lack of a regular and prolific striker, but Eddie Nketiah has been giving his all since his regular start. , while Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have scored 13 and 11 league goals, respectively.
As far as creative hotspots go, Spurs tend to shoot killer passes straight up the pitch from deeper midfields or wide balls from outside the box, while Arsenal typically score goals in and around the box by cutting in passes.
Tottenham duo Harry Kane – who has also attempted more fast breaks than any other player on either side – and Dejan Kulusevski Leading with eight assists apiece, Son is second only to his teammates.
For Arteta’s side, Alexandre Lacazette enjoyed a creative surge before losing his starting berth, increasing his league assists to seven, ahead of Saka (six) and Gabriel Martinelli (5), while Odegaard created the most chances.
Both defences roughly mirror their current league standings – Spurs have conceded 40 goals and Arsenal have conceded 42, placing fifth and sixth respectively in the Premier League.
Spurs are more aggressive in their own defensive third when it comes to winning back possession – a reflection of their deeper style – while Arsenal outplay their upcoming hosts in the midfield and final third .
So expect a fight in Spurs territory as the hosts look to beat the press and break through the Gunners’ defence, while Arteta’s men look to protect the counter-attack and maintain possession on the pitch.
In terms of players, Odegaard and Saka have the highest frequency of recovering the ball in the offensive third, but Spurs-controlled midfielder Hojbjerg steals and steals in the middle, and also tops the list in terms of regaining possession in the defensive third.
In terms of goals conceded, Arsenal’s left side appears to be more vulnerable – usually the area under Gabriel’s command – while Tottenham are prone to conceding goals from outside range.
Opposition teams usually attack the right flank of both teams, leaving Arsenal right-backs Fukang Wuhong or Cedric and Spurs opponents Emmerson Royal, Javert Tanganga or Matt Dow. Corti was exposed.
The solidity graph below shows that Arsenal are weakest in the defensive area but remain a solid force in the opposition field, while Conte’s side are the opposite – reflecting their strength in defence, central and final three points. Ball possession.
Arsenal’s turnover rate is slightly higher than Tottenham’s, with 20 turnovers leading to shots, five of which led to a goal. While the locations of these incidents were fairly spread out, they had a slight tilt on the right flank and were attacked more frequently.
Who is red?
Unsurprisingly, Golden Boot candidate Masayoshi Son is at the top of the current table list, according to Sky Sports Power Rankings – which awards players points based on starting positions based on 35 matchday stats.
Son Heung-min also leads the season state chart with a staggering 16,000 points, ahead of Saka, team-mate Kane and Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
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