Teddy Sheringham has claimed that he sees Tottenham being held to a draw by Arsenal this evening since Antonio Conte’s men are not good at opening teams up.
Spurs go into the North London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium knowing that nothing other than three points will be enough to keep their hopes of finishing in the top-four alive, with the two sides separated by four points at the moment.
The Gunners know that a win tonight will be enough to seal a place in next season’s Champions League while even a draw will almost get them there.
Apart from being a shootout for fourth, this will also be the first north London derby at Spurs’ new stadium in front of a capacity crowd.
What adds even more needle to the affair is the fact that Arsenal successfully appealed to get the match postponed earlier in the season despite having just one Covid case in their camp (ESPN) – something which Conte’ referenced in his press conference on Tuesday (Football.London).
When asked if Arsenal are capable of frustrating Spurs tomorrow, Sheringham told 8Xbet: “I wouldn’t say they are capable of being street-smart.
“They have a very inexperienced squad who are learning as they go along. They play some outstanding football. But whether they have the nous to play clever and frustrate Tottenham, I’m not so sure.
“Arsenal don’t have to win this game, and there should be a lot of time-wasting from the first minute to run down the clock, but Arteta knows they can’t sit back for 90 minutes.
“It’s down to Tottenham how this game pans out. They’ve put themselves in this position with a lack of consistency at the right time. It is up to them to press the situation and go for Arsenal’s throat.
“You would like to think they have a chance at home but I can see a frustrating draw coming their way. I hate to say it, but I don’t think Tottenham are good enough at opening teams up.”
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We will make this game a lot easier for ourselves if we manage to score within the first half an hour. I fear Arsenal will grow in confidence the longer the score remains 0-0, and we have tended to struggle to teams down when they do not commit bodies forward, which I do not expect the Gunners to do.
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