Why former Gunner Song is the man to shackle Arsenal's biggest threat

Considering the vastly differing fortunes of these two sides, Arsenal should extend their sequence of league victories to five and send West Ham deeper towards mid-table obscurity. If Sam Allardyce is to pull off a shock result at the Emirates Stadium, he will need to employ the same tactical model that was so effective in the 2-2 draw against Spurs last month.

In that match, Allardyce cleverly instructed his three central midfielders to sit compactly in front of the back four. With the vast majority of Spurs' attacks coming through the centre (where inverted wingers cut inside to join a deep-lying Harry Kane), Alex Song, Mark Noble, and Cheikhou Kouyate crowded them out.

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