Sol Campbell states his prediction for Arsenal v Tottenham
Sol Campbell looks ahead to Tottenham's trip to Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon
Sol Campbell believes that Arsenal will be well set-up to deal with Tottenham’s pressing game in Sunday’s north London derby clash at The Emirates.
The Gunners head into the game looking to continue their recent good form, after having booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night with a 3-2 win over Ludogorets.
Tottenham, meanwhile, are aiming to bounce back to winning ways after the disappointment of their 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night.
Indeed, Spurs are without a win in three top-flight outings heading into Sunday’s game and trail their bitter local rivals by three points.
And former Arsenal and Spurs defender Campbell believes that Arsene Wenger’s men will be well-drilled to cope with the threat posed by the visitors at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking exclusively to 888sport, Campbell said: “Arsenal will be geared up for Spurs’ pressing because you cannot do that relentlessly all of the time, only five or 10-minute spells.
“They will be concentrating on how to get past the second press and that’s where you open them up. That’s why the last 20 minutes will be key because a side that has pressed will have spent up a lot of their energy. You have to get used to that frequency and be savvy, especially on a big pitch. Go between the lines.
“Spurs have lots of mid-career stream guys with lots of energy who show and have desire. Arsenal are more measured and what I have noticed is their defence no longer goes into a trance due to the slow build-up in midfield. They now stay alert.
“Spurs are more frenetic and decisive whereas Arsenal are methodical and more sophisticated. They will look for the right moments.”
Arsenal have not won the Premier League title since the 2003-04 season and finished second last term.
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