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 travel to White Hart Lane for the hotly-anticipated North London derby on Sunday so, to find out more, we also asked journalist Paul Hirst for his thoughts and analysis.

Stewart Robson

"Spurs are beginning to look a strong team again. The Adebayor and Defoe partnership has pace, aerial ability and firepower while the combination of speed and guile in wide areas is a major threat.

"However, Spurs play with just two central midfielders so Arsenal's three must and should dominate possession and control the flow of the game. If they don’t, Arsenal's back four will be fully tested."

Scouting Report - Tactics

"I think Adebayor is going to be a big player in this game - that's the main route they're going to go down. I can see Bale being the main outlet down the flanks and he'll be drifting crosses in all the time.

"They will have watched the match from Wednesday and seen the free header the player from Olympiacos had and saw where the weaknesses are that they might exploit.

"I think Van der Vaart will play a key part. It is always difficult with him to find where he's going to sit in the team, and I think Harry Redknapp likes to play Adebayor and Defoe up front. It is always hard to fit Van der Vaart around those two but you just can't leave him out of this team because he has the ability to just turn the match with one shot, one cross or one pass. He is the irresistible player you can't leave out.

"I just think the way the Tottenham players gel together and play together when they go forward has such an understanding. Regardless of how quick they break and how pacy their attacks are they just seem to know where everybody is supposed to be.

"The passion and vision that Bale, Modric and Parker - even though he hasn't been there long - have is very interesting. Even though they play at full pelt they seem to know where one another are.

"It is a difficult one to predict. I will probably go for a narrow Spurs victory. There is going to be goals, that's for sure. I'll say maybe 3-2 or 4-3 maybe."

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    30 Sep 2011