Arsenal and Tottenham have met once already this season which saw the Gunners take three points from their arch-rivals courtesy of a goal by Olivier Giroud.
Both teams were very much in different form going into the first game this season, but with Arsenal and Theo Walcott starting to hit form again and Tottenham coming off the back of an away win at Old Trafford against the champions Manchester United, this game could be more open than people think.
Both teams have won three in their last five games, but form might not necessarily be the key in this fixture as injuries have started to play a major role in both managers team selections.
Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lewis Holtby, Paulinho and Emmanuel Adebayor have all picked up knocks recently, whilst they are already without Jermain Defoe, Andros Townsend, Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen.
Arsenal will be missing Nicklas Bendtner, Giroud, Kieran Gibbs, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey as well as long standing absentees Yaya Sanogo, Abou Diaby and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Giroud is set for a late fitness test but is not expected to make the grade. Youngster Gedion Zelalem who impressed in pre-season could be set to make his debut.
My man to watch for the game tomorrow will be the in form Walcott. Theo has been very influential in the team since returning and appears to have picked up exactly where he left off last season. He’s bagged 5 goals in his last 5 games and could be set to feature in his favoured role of striker given the injuries in the Arsenal squad at the moment.
With the resurgent Adebayor a doubt, my player to watch for Tottenham tomorrow will be Christian Eriksen. The playmaker looks to have been revitalised under the management of Tim Sherwood. He more or less has a free role in the team and he has thrived doing so. His movement for the goal that set up Adebayor mid week was excellent and then went on to snatch the winning goal later that game. Most likely it will be Mathieu Flamini told to be the one in charge of trying to lessen the Dane’s impact on proceedings.
The FA Cup is a trophy that both teams will have been among the favourites to win, but one top team will be going out. Just like with every tournament, at some point to win it, you have to play the top teams, and North London’s finest are certainly that currently.
Written By: Ashley Handelaar
Twitter Handle: @handelaar101
Arsenal v Spurs Pre-Match Stats
The home team have won each of the last five meetings between Arsenal and Tottenham (all competitions).
Arsenal have won three of the five previous FA Cup meetings between these two teams (L2). The last meeting came in the 2001 semi-final with Arsenal winning 2-1.
Tottenham have won just two of their last nine away games in the FA Cup (D3 L4).
Defeat to Blackburn in Round Five last season was the first game in 34 that Arsenal had lost at home in the FA Cup (W24 D9).
Jermain Defoe has scored five goals and assisted another three in his last eight FA Cup appearances.