Friday, January 13, 2023

How Arsenal were lined up last time they won at Tottenham, with Arteta and Rosicky in midfield and Adebayor playing for Spurs

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ARSENAL are hoping to win at Tottenham in the Premier League for the first time in nine years on Sunday.

The Gunners go into the tough North London Derby 11 points clear of their arch-rivals and leaders.

But they have a pathetic record at Spurs in the league, two draws and lost six of their most recent trips on the Seven Sisters Road.

However, in March 2014, the Gunners recorded a 1–0 win at White Hart Lane that kept their title dreams alive.

Tomas Rosicky’s excellent second-minute finish proved the crucial difference for Arsene Wenger’s side.

Rosicky started in lower midfield with current manager Mikel Arteta.

Ahead was an attacking trio of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski, with the Ox setting up the Czech ace winner.

Olivier Giroud led the line while at the other end of the field Wojciech Szczesny kept a clean sheet in Arsenal’s goal.

The Polish stopper was protected by a back four of Bacary Sagna, captain Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs.

Thomas Vermaelen, Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Flamini all came on in the second half to secure the win as Mesut Özil, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey were all absent.

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Lukasz Fabianski, Carl Jenkinson, Serge Gnabry and Yaya Sanogo were unused substitutes.

Tim Sherwood, meanwhile, opted for Arsenal hero and villain Emmanuel Adebayor as Tottenham’s only forward.

The Togolese striker was joined in midfield by Andros Townsend, Nabil Bentaleb, Sandro, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli.

Kyle Naughton and Danny Rose were Tottenham’s full-backs on either side of Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul.

Hugo Lloris is the sole surviving starter of the 22, still with his club nine years later.

Despite not being used, Harry Kane was snubbed when Sherwood turned to Roberto Soldado, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Paulinho in hopes of an equaliser.

Brad Friedel, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker stayed on the bench with Kane the entire time.

But there’s no chance Kane will be able to watch from the sidelines on Sunday as Spurs desperately seek a win to bolster their own top-four hopes – and dent Arsenal’s Premier League title aspirations.

The England captain has scored 14 goals in 16 Prem North London derbies, including six in his first five and three in his last two.

Kane can equal Jimmy Greaves’ club record of 266 goals if he finds the net this weekend – and a second would take his Premier League tally to 200.

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