Arsenal have come in for some strong criticism in recent years. Criticisms of the Gunners include that they are too soft and need more bottle.
However, for all the criticism aimed at Arsenal, one positive still remains for the Gunners, that is their home form in the Premier League. That is highly encouraging for Arsenal fans, especially with the north London derby against Tottenham this weekend.
Very strong at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal have won their last ten home games in the English top-flight, while also finding the net at least twice in their last eight games on home soil. That is an impressive home record for any team. Even Premier League leaders Manchester City cannot match that record.
In fact, the Gunners have lost just two of their last 29 games on home soil in the Premier League. The north London side have also recorded 23 wins in that run of games, which again is an impressive record.
Some will say that the Gunners have not faced a decent team at home yet this season. However, a team can only beat what is in front of them.
Recent struggles against Tottenham
There was a time when Tottenham struggled to get results against Arsenal. However, that time now seems to have past. Arsene Wenger’s side have now won just one of their last seven meetings with Spurs.
Even that victory came in the much-maligned League Cup when neither side were at full strength. That is something that everybody will want to put right on Saturday lunchtime.
The last three meetings between the two teams at the Emirates Stadium have finished 1-1, so the games between the pair at Arsenal are usually tight.
Could be an opportunity for Arsenal
This game is Arsenal’s toughest home game of the season so far. However, Arsenal head into this clash as favourites for the victory at odds of 13/10.
Their encouraging home form is not the only encouraging factor for Arsenal heading into the derby. Some of Tottenham’s star players have been struggling with injuries.
Both Dele Alli and Harry Kane withdrew from the England squad for friendlies against Brazil and Germany. The pair are fitness doubts for Mauricio Pochettino’s side along with Hugo Lloris, Harry Winks, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen.
Spurs usually have a settled team. With so many players struggling with injuries, it could be a good time for Arsenal to end their poor record against their arch-rivals.
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