The North London Derby is almost upon us, and with less than a week to go, here is the latest look at one of the many interesting parts of what will be a fascinating tussle between Arsenal and hated rival Tottenham.
Both clubs find themselves similar in terms of squad strength, but where will this game be decided? Will it be how we cope with the threat and movement of Heung-Min Son?
Will it be how the young but rash Davidson Sanchez handles the threat of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and/or Alexandre Lacazette?
The first issue is midfield, and how it will be won. Control the middle of the park and you will control the game.
The tussle between Lucas Torreira and Harrry Winks could well settle this game.
Winks took the place of Tanguy Ndombele after spurs new signing was injured, and it looks like the former Lyon midfielder may miss out this time around, fitness test permitting.
It means that Winks could be lining up against our midfield battle monster, Torreira.
Our Uruguayan earned rave reviews for his all-action displays in last season’s win over spurs at The Emirates, and we can expect nothing less than a performance full of tackling and winning possession from the diminutive defensive midfielder. Torreira can also chuck out a pass or two as well, so whomever opposes him needs to bring their A game.
Winks is a talented kid who links up play very well. For a player of his stature he also puts himself about and makes himself a nuisance. If he can find an outlet then he will link up the play, but can Torreira shut him down?
Most likely it will be Granit Xhaka that partners Torriera, which makes it Torriera’s job to shut down opposing moves. That is his modus operandi and he will excel in this role, before offloading to the likes of Xhaka who can spring Aubameyang or Pepe with a quick pass.
We have the scales tipped in our favour with this match up. Torreira is an awfully difficult player to shake off and if he can continually break up spurs’ attacks, which really is his speciality, then we have the platform we need to grab the points.
Torreira may well be short, but he will be the difference-maker on Sunday when our rivals rock up to The Emirates.