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Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal, Premier League Gameweek 28: Open Thread

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Today’s match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal is arguably one of the biggest Premier League matches for the next few weeks especially if you consider the race for the Premier League title to be over.

Unusually, Tottenham is the clear favorite in this match. Gareth Bale is in the hottest form of his career and of any striker in the division. Arsenal have been inconsistent and unconvincing against their opponents, so a home win for the Lilywhites looks more plausible than usual. But alas, let us not forget that this is a derby where anything can happen. Unpredictable may be the word of the day.

Arsenal starting XI: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal, Ramsey, Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott, Giroud

Tottenham starting XI: Lloris, Vertonghen. Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Walker, Lennon, Parker, Sigurdsson, Bale, Dembele, Adebayor

Follow the conversation about the game in the comments section below with fans from around the world.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

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43 Responses to Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal, Premier League Gameweek 28: Open Thread

  1. Dust says:

    I Love and Hate NL Derbies…. Happy and Petrified…. Confident and Nervous… I love Tottenham… Aaaggghhhhh

    Come On You Spurs!!!!!!

  2. Dust says:

    No Gus Johnson!!


    Thank You Thank You Thank Yoi

  3. De Selby says:


    I thought Gus was doing this game. Thankfully, he’s not.

  4. Mufc77 says:

    Apparently Gus Johnson only does commentary for the big games/clubs.

    I going with Spurs to win today, lets see if Bale can live up to the hype.

  5. Fog says:

    Is this Fox finally listening…or just a technical screw up with the audio feed?

  6. jtm371 says:

    Thank God No Gus!

  7. Smokey Bacon says:

    So refreshing to see two teams trying to win by playing football. Those gooners wanting Wenger out are fools. They are maybe one or two players away from being right back in the mix. Wilshire is like the ghost of Liam Brady.

  8. jtm371 says:

    Spurs strike great pass and clinical finish well done.

  9. jtm371 says:

    WOW i hope Dust is still upright!

  10. Todd says:

    Piers Morgan at half time should be interesting to listen to. That is, if you like his normal “sack Wenger now” mantra.

    Could always get the #tears4piers trending on twitter.

  11. Mufc77 says:

    Its suicidal to play a high defensive line and not put pressure on the player with the ball.

  12. Sacto Blues says:

    I thought arsenal was doing really well but ironically Spurs used diagonal runs to get two goals.

  13. Smokey Bacon says:

    The Arsenal offside trap hasn’t worked since Tony Adams hung up his drinking boots.

  14. Mufc77 says:

    Long way to go in this game unless spurs get the next goal.

  15. Guy says:

    Could Monreal have run full tilt to the net and influenced Bale’s kick? We’ll never know because he flat out quit on the play waving at the asst. ref.

  16. BostonGunner says:

    2 nil and Ade hasn’t even gotten his yet.

    I still thnik Arsenal can salvage a result here.

  17. Mufc77 says:

    Lol now Bale is thee man in all European domestic football.

  18. Todd says:

    I really cannot understand why they would have Piers Morgan on. He’s not a football “expert” or pundit. He’s an Arsenal supporter through and through, although he seems to be a rather masochistic supporter since all I’ve ever heard from him is whining and moaning about how awful Arsenal are.

    It is just another poor decision by FOX soccer to have him on.

    • Fog says:

      Maybe Fox is using this to try to lure him away from CNN…one can only hope…

      • Todd says:

        If complaining about how bad your team has played, simply because they are losing at half time, then I think FOX should consider any one of the rest of us fans as an expert for their programs.

  19. Jack Tomczuk says:

    Thomas Vermaelen… how is he our captain? He consistently makes error after error; he can put in a good tackle, but his covering is terrible. Both goals were mostly his fault, despite the blame the will be heaped on Mertesacker and Monreal.

  20. Dust says:

    This is not over, we need another 2 or 3 goals, Farcenal will come out attacking, we should counter off that.

    Wilshire screaming at Giroud is hilarious…

    Bale telling off Ade not quiet as funny… Good to see bale being vocal tho.

  21. jtm371 says:

    a certain body part on Dust just got on.

  22. BostonGunner says:

    God not Rosicky. Wenger’s fascination with technically proficient but ineffectual players like Rosicky baffles me.

  23. Smokey Bacon says:

    Defoe instantly more of a threat than the useless Adebayor. That spell at City ruined him.

  24. jtm371 says:

    congrats on your Spurs NLD hard fought but well done.AFC played better 2nd half then i expected.once again enjoy your adult beverage of choice.

    do you think the biggest fault of Bale is his failure to use his right foot i think he might have scored a second if he used his i said enjoy your Spurs are rolling.

  25. The Gaffer says:

    Congratulations to Tottenham Hotspur on a well-deserved victory against Arsenal. It’s ironic that Andre Villas-Boas won this match against a team that was employing a tactic that AVB failed at last season at Chelsea — the high-line defense.

    The Gaffer

    • Todd says:

      To be fair to Arsenal, the tactic worked for most of the match. It was two moments of mentally switching off, coupled with the speed and timing of Spurs, that led to their loss. They just don’t have the offensive firepower to make up for losing those goals (i.e. no van Persie, or replacement to speak of).

      • Smokey Bacon says:

        Agreed. Wenger signed his own P45 by getting rid of Van Persie who has basically won the league for Man Utd.

      • Dust says:

        I don’t see how you can say it worked bar 2 incidents when we missed blatant chances to go 3 & 4-1 up.

  26. Sacto Blues says:

    Arsenal unlucky to get at least a point as the April 14th match with Chelsea will be huge for Champions League positioning.

  27. IanCransonsKnees says:

    I still think Spurs have a shout for second place.

    • jtm371 says:

      are you thinking City will lose points at Everton and MUFC?not sure where else they might lose points.

    • dust says:

      Yep, i said so at the beginning of the season in the pre season predictions. We need to beat city at the lane at the end of April and CFC at Stanford bridge, at that should be enough..
      but first things first, we have Inter Milan on thursday at WHL and then LFC at Anfield on Sunday then mIlan in milan the following thursday.

      One step at a time me thinks, but you have to be confident and enjoy the moment too!

    • Frill Artist says:

      Are you having a laugh?

  28. Sammy says:

    Too badd, I guess Arsenal deserved the loss. And my worries did indeed come true as Bale really did score against us. On a positive note, at least we only kept him to one goal and nothing more.

    So, can we still qualify for the Champions’ League? At this stage, that question is getting harder and harder to answer.

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