Before every Arsenal fixture, we’ll bring you a Scouting Report on the Gunners’ next opponents.

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson will give his pre-match view and you can get his post-match verdict in our Talking Tactics feature on Arsenal Player.

Arsène Wenger and his side face Tottenham at Emirates Stadium on Sunday so, to find out more, we also asked journalist Paul Hirst for his thoughts and analysis.

Stewart Robson

STEWART ROBSON
"Tottenham now have great depth to their squad and as a result they have been able to constantly change personnel and shape in recent weeks. In their last league game against Newcastle they played with two up front, Louis Saha and Emmanuel Adebayor. If it hadn’t been for injury, Saha could have been a Premier League great because he has excellent technique, a quick change of pace and is much better in the air than given credit for.

"Adebayor, as Arsenal fans will remember, can be unstoppable when in the mood and his understanding with Saha against Newcastle was the main reason for Spurs’ superb performance.

"In midfield, the combination of Scott Parker and Luka Modric has catapulted Spurs into a top-three side. Parker defends with desire, energy and knowledge while also moving the ball quickly when in possession. Modric is everything you could wish for from a creative midfielder because he can see defence-splitting passes, he can drift past opponents when running with the ball and he can turn away from tackles to enable him to switch the point of attacks."

Scouting Report - Tactics

PAUL HIRST, PRESS ASSOCIATION
"I expect Tottenham to line up in a 4-4-2 formation with Rafael van der Vaart playing just behind Emmanuel Adebayor. Harry Redknapp has tinkered with his tactics quite a lot recently, playing 3-5-2 at Stevenage and also trying it in a couple of other games too.

"It just doesn't seem to have quite the same effect as playing 4-4-2 with Van der Vaart just off Adebayor's shoulders, though.

"I think the wings are going to be key for Spurs in this game. Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon, when they are on form, are absolutely electric. Their pace and the way that they just puncture defences is unreal sometimes.

"But their full backs have only recently come back from injury and defensively they have looked a bit wobbly of late. So I think they will be looking to play it down the wings, get their crosses in and that is where Adebayor and Van der Vaart link up so well. Adebayor just tends to knock it down for the latter to find the net and he seems to have done that a few times against Arsenal recently too.

"To be honest, the draw at Stevenage aside, they really are looking in imperious form at the moment so it's difficult to pick out any weakness.

"I think the only possible question mark is in defence. If Ledley King does not play then that will be a big miss for them because he is such a commanding presence. But saying that, Younes Kaboul has come in this season and has done really well. He is prone to the odd lapse in concentration though and Van Persie is usually pretty good at taking advantage of that. If he is given a yard then I'm sure he will punish him for it.

"I think it will be a draw myself, although I think we are in for a really entertaining match. There is never a dull North London derby but this one in particular is set up to be a real classic encounter. I think it will be high scoring so I'll go for 2-2." 

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