Arsenal V Tottenham Preview : It's north London derby time!
Event Venue: Emirates Stadium, Kick off: 12:30. Sky Sports.See Stats
Premier League football returns this weekend after a rather frustrating international break and an intense north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal kicks us off. After years of playing second fiddle to Arsenal, Spurs finally seems to be the dominant side in the northern part of the English capital. However, Spurs haven't beaten Arsenal away since 2010 and if they really want to assume control of that territory, they need to re-write that little piece of history.
Not many people would have Arsenal's squad over Tottenham's these days. Not only are Arsenal's best players running down their contract with a view to leaving at the end of the season, but Spurs have an English core that has led them to genuine title contention while the Gunners have slipped out of the top four. Harry Kane has scored 13 goals in 14 games so far this season and his relationship with Dele Alli has been pivotal to Tottenham's rise. That duo was on full display against Real Madrid a few weeks ago and they comfortably beat the European champions 3-1, something Arsenal couldn't dream of right now truth be told. Kane and Harry Winks missed England duty through injury, but boss Mauricio Pochettino expects both men to be fit enough to take on their local rivals. If Winks fails to get fit in time, Mousa Dembele is ready and waiting after a long injury of his own.
Gunning for victory
It doesn't seem like Arsene Wenger has got much right lately. Arsenal let Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain go in the summer without a real replacement for his services, but he had the same chance to cash-in on Alexis Sanchez, a man who clearly doesn't want to be at the club anymore. He resisted that very good offer and now finds himself with Sanchez and Ozil playing quite a way off the top of their game apparently waiting for next summer. Jack Wilshere is also out of contract next summer and the Arsenal fans are begging for him to see more football. Still, Sead Kolisinac arrived on a free transfer in the summer and is easily one of the best coups and Alexandre Lacazette has scored six goals in his first 12 games after Wenger made a his one and only big splash on the Frenchman. However, he does have a habit of dropping the former Lyon man for big games.
Spurs are the clear favourites for many footballing reasons, but their record at Arsenal is a long-standing one and hasn't improved under Mauricio Pochettino. Arsenal will look to dictate the game, but they won't be able to stop Spurs scoring.
- Spurs haven't beaten Arsenal away in 7 years
- Spurs are unbeaten in their last four games against Arsenal, drawing three of them
- Harry Kane is expected to return from injury for the fixture
- Arsenal have conceded nine more goals than Spurs this season
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