Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Venue: Emirates Stadium – Saturday, October 24 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)
Match Odds: Arsenal 7/10 – Draw 3/1 – Tottenham 7/2
The Gunners are in fantastic domestic form and have won their last five on the bounce. They come into this one off the back of their 3-0 away win over Swansea last weekend.
However, Arsene Wenger’s side were thumped 5-1 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday evening and they cannot afford to allow that result to play on their minds heading into this tie.
Arsenal sit second in the league, only trailing leaders Manchester City on goal difference, so this is a must win game for more than one reason. Wenger’s side have to continue their excellent home form and avoid losing games like this to give them a great chance of challenging for the title.Embed from Getty Images
Tottenham are proving to be one of the hardest teams to beat this season, having lost only once back on the opening day of the season.
They lost the earlier meeting against their rivals 2-1 in the League Cup back in September and will want to exact revenge here in the first league derby between the two this campaign.
Spurs are unbeaten in their last ten Premier League games and come into this one off the back of their 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Monday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side won 2-1 in midweek against Anderlecht in the Europa League and so confidence will be sky high.
Tottenham are in a great position to win this game and so we could be in for a North London Derby classic.Embed from Getty Images
Arsenal’s injury woes continue. They could be without as many as eight first team players for this one as Hector Bellerin, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Thomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck are all set to miss out. Laurent Koscielny is a doubt and he would be a huge miss should he miss out.
Tottenham have six injury concerns. Nacer Chadli and Alex Pritchard are out, while Danny Rose, Clinton N’Jie, Heung Min Son and Nabil Bentaleb are all doubtful. Son made his return to action on Thursday and could feature off the bench.
Arsenal’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/W/W/W
Tottenham’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/D/W/W
Key Stat: Arsenal have an incredible home record against Tottenham. They are undefeated in 19 of the last 20 meetings between the sides in all competitions.
Key Player: Harry Kane – The Spurs forward has netted five in his last three in all competitions and looks to be back to his confident best. He has already scored against Arsenal in the North London Derby and will be looking to cause further problems to an injury-stricken home side.
Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham – This has the makings of one to remember. Arsenal’s injuries could well be a problem but they still have the firepower of Olivier Giroud, who seems to score every time he plays at the moment, as well as Alexis Sanchez. Spurs will see this as an opportunity to take all three points but with both sides in great form they are tough to split.