Greetings. Tottenham vs Arsenal, clashing for the final time at White Hart Lane, is a huge game. Not only does it have local pride on the line, you have Tottenham hot on the heels of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League whilst Arsenal are clinging on to the coat-tails of the top 4 in spite of everything that seems to happen to Arsenal. Whether this is Wenger’s last North London Derby remains a mystery, but we do know that for a game of this magnitude only a fool would predict the outcome. Welcome to PES Predicts Tottenham vs Arsenal.
I’ve loaded up PES 2017 to try and get the inside track on how this game will pan out and I’ve immediately hit a stumbling block. What will Wenger do with his team? His trusty 4-2-3-1 has been ditched on the road recently in favour of a 3-4-3, and seeing as Arsenal are away here I think he’ll stick with it to try and match up with Tottenham. That is presuming Koscielny recovers from his injury, Wenger rated him 60/40 and I like those odds. Spurs have a much more settled look, and I’ve gambled that Dembele won’t recover from his injury. Let’s get to Peter & Jim.
Jim says it’s great to be here – I’d actually say you are very fortunate Jim Beglin but whatever. Spurs kick us underway and Jim picks out Harry Kane as the key man here. It’s Arsenal making the stronger start though, as Giroud hits a shot from 25 yards that the keeper parries away. Then down the other end Kane plays a ball in behind and Alli is about three times quicker than Koscielny but Cech is down well to save. He really should have scored. The corner, as is tradition on this game, is awful. Arsenal have slowed it down now, trying to keep possession and take the sting out of Spurs. Sanchez finds space in the left-hand channel but his shot is poor and straight at Lloris. 25 minutes gone and still goalless.
Eric Dier just had a shot from about 40 yards. It was nowhere near. It’s become a bit of a midfield battle, with very few goalscoring chances after that early flurry. Oh my, having said that, Giroud should score. Chamberlain gets in down the right, he picks out the arriving Giroud but on his weaker right foot he rolls it wide. Huge chance wasted. That though, is the last action of a half that started well but then descended into a League Two standard game. Peter describes it as “engrossing.” Half right.
Arsenal get us underway and hopefully we’ll have a few more incidents of note this half. Hang about, what’s happening here? Koscielny intercepts on half way and the ball ricochets to Giroud out on the right. Koscielny, inexplicably, has kept on running. He’s unmarked in the middle, Giroud rolls it across and Koscielny gets to it on the slide, marginally before Vertonghen. It deflects, dribbles beyond Lloris who had committed and in. Arsenal lead!
Spurs are stunned. Now though, they are ruined. Sanchez this time dispossess Dier, slides in Giroud and on his left, he smashes it beyond Lloris. 2-0, would you believe it? Spurs bring on Sissoko for Alli which will definitely not help, but they have 15 minutes to salvage something. Here’s Coquelin for Ramsey, shoring things up. It’s also Bellerin for Chamberlain. Kane and Eriksen have barely had a kick today. Bellerin takes a dive and gets booked. This game. The final whistle blows, but is that the final whistle on Spurs’ title chances? It has to go down as a shock result, Spurs have been the better side all season but today, Arsenal get the win. My oh my.
So can we really expect Arsenal to go to White Hart Lane for the last time and come away with a 2-0 win? You wouldn’t expect so, but don’t worry Spurs fan, it’s only PES.