Arsenal vs Tottenham Arsenal and Tottenham are set to play out the first North London Derby of the season this weekend.
The Lilywhites are set to face off with the Gunners at the Emirates stadium at 4:30 pm UK time on Sunday, September 26th.
The two sides head into the clash in contrasting form. Spurs started the season brightly but have lost their last two league ties, whilst Arsenal had a torrid start to 2021/22 but have now won two PL ties on the bounce.
As a result, a win for Mikel Arteta’s side on Sunday would see them draw level on points with Spurs, despite having their worst-ever start to a Premier League campaign.
This is something all associated with Tottenham are no doubt desperate to avoid. But with derby days always full of surprises and Arsenal likely the more confident side heading into the game, Nuno Espirito Santo and co. will need to pull out all the stops to ensure they take home all three points.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo during the pre-season friendly match at the JobServe Community Stadium, Colchester. Picture date: Wednesday July 21, 2021. (Photo by Nigel French/PA Images via Getty Images)
Here are three ways Tottenham could line up against Arsenal
4-3-3 Tottenham’s most used formation under Nuno Espirito Santo has been the 4-3-3.
Of course, Spurs did have great success with this on the opening weekend of the campaign, which saw them beat champions Manchester City 1-0.
However, it was then used in a similar way vs Chelsea last weekend, but, of course, would lead to the north Londoners losing 3-0.
But it is worth noting that Spurs’ side against Chelsea was somewhat makeshift, with Nuno opting to start Giovani Lo Celso as one of Tottenham’s front three due to injury issues.
This did not work out, of course, but perhaps the system can become effective once again now some key players are back, such as Japhet Tanganga.
Old school Nuno Tottenham have never really used a back-five system to great effect in recent years. However, Nuno Espirito Santo has enjoyed most of his success with such a system.
And, though they do not use it much, Tottenham do actually have the perfect players for it.
At the back, Sergio Reguilon is not the best defensively. However, he is excellent going forward and could stand to benefit from a back-five, much like his Spanish counterpart, Marcos Alonso, does at Chelsea.
At right-wing-back, meanwhile, Tottenham have Matt Doherty, who originally earned his move to Spurs on the back of some starring displays for Nuno as a wing-back.
Japheth Tanganga could also move inside to centre-back to partner two of Eric Dier, Cristian Romero and Davinson Sanchez, with the middle of that trio also well versed in such a system due to his time with Atalanta.
4-2-3-1 The final way Tottenham could line up against Arsenal is in a 4-2-3-1.
This system is not that much different to their 4-3-3. However, Nuno could deploy it in order to get more out of Dele Alli.
Alli has been featuring regularly under Nuno, but his form has continued to be pretty poor.
However, if Alli is allowed more freedom as a no.10, instead of his current no.8 role, then perhaps we could see the Englishman rekindle his best form and, crucially, add that creative spark that has sorely been lacking from Spurs this season.
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