Arsenal weakness revealed for North London Derby as Tottenham sent key instruction

North London Derby news as Tottenham given insight into how to beat Arsenal with Mikel Arteta’s one-sided weakness explained

Oleksandr Zinchenko takes on Pedro Porro

Tottenham can take advantage of Arsenal’s left side, former full-back Pascal Chimbonda has claimed. Spurs will be able to welcome back Pedro Porro when they host the Gunners in a crucial North London Derby on Sunday.

Porro was taken off in the last match for Ange Postecoglou’s side against Newcastle two weeks ago but is ready to get straight back into action. With seven assists from right-back, and Arsenal chopping and changing their defensive options on the same side, there is a chance for Tottenham to get a breakthrough in the area

“I think Arsenal are definitely at their weakest on their left-hand side,” Chimbonda explained, speaking at Ladbrokes Fanzone’s North London Derby mural. “That’s where we’re capable of getting the better of them this weekend, for sure.”

Chimbonda has seen his previous employers put up a much sterner test for their fierce rivals than he was able to as a player, and is now backing Postecoglou to make the most of any deficiencies in the Arsenal side. “That’s where we’re capable of getting the better of them this weekend, for sure,” he continued.

“I think that if we put pressure on the two centre-backs, they’re also capable of making mistakes. Their midfield is really strong and they’re so quick in attack, so, for me, it’s about exploiting that weak area on the pitch for them, constantly applying pressure on Gabriel [Magalhaes] and William Saliba, and making the most of every set-piece opportunity.

“It’s going to be a tough game because Arsenal will still be in the title race, but I think Spurs will go and win the game 2-1. Both teams are going to score because their strengths are both very much in attack, and there’s so much at stake, so I’d expect goals this weekend.

“I know the fans are going to make it so difficult for Arsenal, as they always do. My only concern is that we find ourselves down to 10-men. Cuti [Christian Romero] is a hard player, and an occasion like this might lead to him doing something really bad! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he stays on the pitch for the whole game, and if he does that, then I’d go with Spurs winning 2-1.”

Arsenal have rotated between using Jakub Kiwior, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and in recent weeks Takehiro Tomiyasu on the left. Jurrien Timber can also play there but has only made on appearance this season, missing the past eight months with a knee injury. He is a doubt for the game despite yet more positive updates on his fitness.

As for Spurs, they have switched between using Dejan Kulusevski on the right with Brennan Johnson. It is the Welshman who has been having the bigger impact of late.

Having only conceded 26 goals all season – comfortably the fewest of any side in the division (remarkably almost four times less than now relegated Sheffield United – Arsenal have tended to offer very little to opposition attacks. Spurs remain a serious threat moving forward though and will be aiming to prove Chimbonda correct in his prediction.

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