Arsenal v Tottenham [Team Sheets]
Arsenal: Cech, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Campbell, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud.
Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Gabriel, Gibbs, Arteta, Flamini, Iwobi.
Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Alli; Lamela, Dembele, Eriksen; Kane.
Subs: Vorm, Davies, Trippier, Carroll, Mason, Onomah, Son.
Could this be the perfect time for Spurs to visit the Gooners?
Possibly, as Tottenham come into the match following Mousa Dembele’s late right footed rocket in the Europa League which secured a 2-1 win over Anderlecht.
The match against the Belgians also saw Harry Kane find the target again with an excellent first time shot on the turn, which suggested that the England striker has truly regained his scoring touch after his hat-trick against Bournemouth a week earlier.
While Spurs begin to soar up the table, Arsenal come into the game off the back of a very public spanking.
The Gunners were firmly put in their place by Bayern Munich in the Champions League last week, as the Bavarians tore shreds off Arsene Wenger’s side in a 5-1 win.
And yet, it’s easy to construct an argument for why the loss to Bayern shouldn’t derail Arsenal too badly. Firstly, this is Bayern Munich we’re talking about – possibly the best team in the world right now. And secondly, Arsenal had so many first team absentees for the match in Germany.
Wenger’s injury crisis could ease slightly this weekend, as Laurent Koscielny should return for the Spurs match, while Hector Bellerin could be involved for the hosts.
As for Spurs, they’ll also be boosted by the return of Son Heung-min to Premier League action, while the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Eric Dier should all feature in the match.
So what should fans expect?
First off, goals. There have only been 11 goalless draws in the North London Derby in the last 119 years, and just one stalemate in the last 31 games.
Plenty of people will also expect a home win on Sunday, as Arsenal are undefeated in 35 of their last 38 home matches in the Premier League, while the Gunners are undefeated in 19 of their last 20 home matches against Tottenham in all competitions.
On the flipside, Spurs haven’t lost a game in their last 10 matches in the league.
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