Arsenal VS Tottenham Live Football Match Score 15 jan 2023
The 193rd instalment of the North London derby headlines Sunday’s Premier League action, as Tottenham Hotspur entertain bitter rivals and league leaders Arsenal.
The Gunners ran out convincing 3-1 winners over Antonio Conte’s sluggish side earlier in the season, but the Lilywhites tend to prove a different beast in North London derbies on their own soil.Leaving the managerial duties to Cristian Stellini as he mourned the death of former Juventus teammate and Italy legend Gianluca Vialli, Conte witnessed his Tottenham side make harder work of their FA Cup win over League One side Portsmouth than they did a Premier League thumping of Crystal Palace.
Three days after putting four unanswered goals past the Eagles away from home, Tottenham relied on a sweetly-struck Harry Kane effort to get them over the line against a dogged and determined Portsmouth side, setting up a fourth-round trip to Preston North End in the process.
While ending their wretched 15-year trophyless run will certainly be at the forefront of Conte’s mind, the Italian is fighting an uphill battle to make it back-to-back seasons in the Champions League for Spurs, who occupy fifth place in the table with 33 points from a possible 54 so far – two behind Manchester United having played a game more.
The 4-0 thumping over Crystal Palace is arguably the only convincing success that Tottenham have posted over the past couple of months, with three of their last four Premier League contests at home ending in defeat, during which time they have shipped at least two goals per game.
Victory at Selhurst Park did at least snap a dreadful seven-game league run without a clean sheet for the Lilywhites, who have not failed to score against Arsenal in the top flight since November 2017, but those in red and white will not make the short journey to hostile territory quaking in their boots.Having to answer to not one but two improper conduct charges from their last two matches, Arsenal are learning the hard way about zealous handball penalty appeals, but their denial of a spot kick against Oxford United had little impact on the result of that FA Cup third-round tie.
Continuing to defy the doubters in the absence of Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah made it four goals in four games with a brace at the Kassam Stadium after Mohamed Elneny swapped his long-range bullets for a close-range header to break the deadlock, but the Gunners will now have to go through Manchester City to reach round five.
Six days before putting Oxford to the sword, Arsenal huffed and puffed but could not blow down the brick wall that was Newcastle United in a 0-0 Premier League draw, cutting their lead at the top over Manchester City back down to five points approaching the midway point of the season.
With Manchester United in the league and Man City to come before the end of the month, business both on and off the field will be telling when it comes to Arsenal’s title credentials, as top transfer target Mykhaylo Mudryk watches on this weekend with bated breath.
Now unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League matches, Arsenal also have five wins from their last six top-flight games on the road – including each of their last three – to write home about, and six goals conceded away from home is unsurprisingly the best defensive record of its kind in the Premier League alongside Man City and Newcastle.
Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka all made the net ripple in Arsenal’s deserved win over Spurs at the Emirates in October, but Tottenham have won all three North London derbies at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and would love nothing more than to derail their adversaries’ title ambitions further.The best news that Tottenham fans could hear before a North London derby has been delivered, with Swedish attacker Dejan Kulusevski back in training after a muscular problem, and the Juventus loanee will surely start over Bryan Gil – impressive in his own right – if he is fit enough.
Rodrigo Bentancur’s participation is more uncertain, though, and the derby is also expected to come too soon for Richarlison and Lucas Moura, but Yves Bissouma should shake off a minor ankle injury which kept him out of the FA Cup win over Portsmouth.
Bissouma and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg should be tasked with manning the midfield if Bentancur misses out once more, while Kane – the highest goalscorer in North London derby history – could net for the 15th time against Arsenal after crashing home a penalty in the Emirates defeat this season.
Over at the Emirates, there has been little movement in the Arsenal treatment room recently, with only Jesus (knee) and Reiss Nelson (thigh) on the sidelines after Emile Smith Rowe returned from groin surgery against Oxford in the FA Cup.
Smith Rowe’s cameo appearance was his first in an Arsenal jersey since September, and the 22-year-old found the net when Tottenham visited the Emirates in September 2021, but he is sure to only play a part from the bench again as Gabriel Martinelli returns to a recognisable Arsenal XI.
Aaron Ramsdale, Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard were all given the night off against Oxford, where Bukayo Saka limped off in front of concerned Arsenal supporters, but Arteta affirmed that the 21-year-old – who created five chances against Spurs earlier this term – was “fine”.
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Romero, Dier, Lenglet; Doherty, Bissouma, Hojbjerg, Perisic; Kulusevski, Kane, Son
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; NketiahTottenham
Spurs were in top form last time out in the Premier League, securing a 4-0 victory away at Crystal Palace. The first-half amazing ended goalless but it didn’t take long in the second forty-five for Kane to fire Tottenham in front. The England captain made it 2-0 shortly after and Doherty scored a rare goal in the 68th-minue to make it 3-0. Son got in on the action in the 72nd-minute, completing the scoring in what was a dominating second-half display from Conte’s men. Richarlison, Kulusevski, Bissouma, Bentancur and Moura all remain injury concerns for the hosts this weekend.
Predicted lineup – Lloris (GK), Doherty, Lenglet, Dier, Romero, Perišić, Højbjerg, Skipp, Son, Kane & Gil
Arsenal and their manager Mikel Arteta were left very frustrated after their game with Newcastle, claiming that their guests were guilty of time-wasting. The match itself ended goalless but Arsenal did have the better of the chances and should have won the game in the end. Jesus and Smith Rowe are likely to miss out again this weekend as they continue to recover from injuries.
Predicted lineup – Ramsdale (GK), Gabriel, White, Saliba, Xhaka, Partey, Zinchenko, Ødegaard, Saka, Nketiah & Martinelli
*Lineups are usually announced 1hr before kick-off
Player to Watch: Harry Kane
It is hard not to select Harry Kane as the player to watch when Tottenham host Arsenal as the England captain always seems to deliver the goods against the Gunners at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Kane has scored 15 goals in the Premier League alone this season, that’s more than double what Arsenal’s top scorers, Martinello and Odegaard (7-goals each), have managed. Tottenham’s talisman is in good form right now having scored 7-goals in his last 10 games for club and country, and it’s difficult to see him failing to find the back of the net on Sunday.
Along with his Premier League goals, Kane has been on target in the FA Cup and the Champions League for Spurs this season and looks set to have another great campaign in front of goal for his beloved club.