Someone is going down tonight and is not getting up again. In fact, it’s perfectly possible that both Tottenham and Arsenal will be laid out on the ground after tonight’s shoot out.

Because a draw would leave Arsenal five points behind Chelsea and us three points behind Manchester City. So both teams need the win, which will hopefully result in an attacking game, rather than the dour White Hart Lane stalemate of last season.

Both sides are without some of their main protagonists. The Goons are without Fabregas, Song, Arshavin and Gallas, while we’re without Lennon, Kranjcar, Jenas and the suspended Palacios.

I’m still incredibly annoyed that Palacios got booked for his perfectly fair tackle against Portsmouth. It was bad enough that the referee’s mistake gave them a penalty, but to lose Palacios for Arsenal and Chelsea makes it an even more bitter pill to swallow.

His absence will mean that we will have to play Kaboul in midfield I suppose. It’s far from ideal, especially as Huddlestone didn’t look particularly fit against Portsmouth and there’s a danger that we could get overrun by Arsenal’s three man central midfield.

It’s also a great shame that Lennon’s not available. You wonder if we’ve been rushing him back too quickly due to the importance of our recent fixtures. With Kranjcar and Rose both injured, we don’t have a lot of options on the flanks and aside from Bale, we’ve got very little pace.

One player that might be back is Ledley King. Normally I roll out the red carpet for Ledders, but tonight I’m in two minds. He’s been out a long time and Dawson and Bassong have been playing well together this season. In many ways it would make sense to play with all three of them, which would give Bale the opportunity to play at wing back and allow us equal numbers in central midfield. Having said that, no one plays with three central defenders any longer and I don’t like the idea of Corluka being the world’s slowest right wing back, so just forget I said anything.

Up front is another conundrum. Crouch missed plenty of chances against Portsmouth, but Defoe also had a poor game. Pavlyuchenko is probably due a start considering his recent form before injury and I wouldn’t mind seeing Gudjohnsen in the starting lineup, as he would drop back to give us more support in midfield.

Regardless of who we play up front, hopefully they will at least do us the courtesy of utterly destroying Sol Campbell, as we intend to do from the terraces (just your common or garden booing, no offensive songs). Sol, we never thought we’d see you back at the Lane. We look forward to giving you one last goodbye.

It’s a big test for Harry. He’s undoubtedly done a good job for us, but in the big games this season he’s made some strange decisions and tinkered with our formation without much success. Tonight he has to get a result, but without our full compliment of players, will he be tempted to do something daring/stupid?

As ever when we play Arsenal, I fear the worst and can only hope for the best. I think a draw is a fairly likely result. If we’re going to go down, we might as well take them with us. Wouldn’t want to completely waste our season, would we?

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  1. Lee you should really make some noise when you win the league in colour mate. Your Black and White tapes must really be getting worn down now. St Totteringhams Day lads!! Up The Arsenal!!!

  2. Arsenal fan in peace (that means i would prefer not to be insulted at every comment regarding mine.) i Hop for a good game but i must say i am damn worried i have one of those feelings that you might beat us today maybe youll play some hungry youngster who will (if he has any pace) get a goal or 2 anyway hoping for a great game and a nice article i must say 😀

  3. cezan your not an arsenal fan. your a ballicker so stay on this site as your not wellcome back at any of arsenals. now f…k off ass licker

  4. now ya see ya little fuckin cunt i have a an opinion im pretty damn sure i asked not for anybullshit comments from u faggot ass spuds but well…. and as a season ticket holder i do fancy myself a fuckin supporter i just honestly think that football isnt football without surprises i also got the same feeling that wigan would beat chelsea as well as an arsenal supporter i am a supporter of football and know teams quite well SO FUCK YOU!

  5. for all you losers coming to a spurs website and making so much noise, who’s havin’ the last laugh now eh? jerk off!

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