Arsenal will look to continue their recent good run of form as they welcome arch-rivals Tottenham to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday lunchtime for the north London derby.
Arsenal continued their good run of form last time out by grabbing a last-gasp 3-2 victory over Bulgarian side Ludogorets in the Champions League. The win followed a comfortable 4-1 win at Sunderland last time out in the English top-flight.
The Gunners form has been highly impressive this season. Arsene Wenger’s side have recorded wins in 12 of their 15 games in all competitions since losing 4-3 to Liverpool in their opening game of the campaign.
Arsenal also have a decent home record against Tottenham, having gone six games without a defeat on home soil in all competitions.
However, the Gunners have won just one of the last five meetings with Spurs in all competitions and Mauricio Pochettino’s men are unbeaten in the last four league meetings with the Gunners.
Tottenham head to the Emirates in poor spirits following a six-match winless run in all competitions. In that run, Pochettino’s side have drawn four matches and lost two, both in cup competitions.
They remain unbeaten in the Premier League and are in fact just three points behind league leaders Manchester City and also opponents Arsenal in the table. However, they have drawn their last three games in the Premier League.
Last time out Spurs suffered a 1-0 defeat against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, which hinders their chances of making the knockout stages of the competition. The defeat followed a 1-1 home draw with Leicester last time out in the Premier League.
Pochettino’s side have struggled in attack of late, finding the net just three times in their last six games in all competitions. That lack of scoring prowess has seen under 2.5 goals scored in Spurs last four league games.
Arsenal are still without Per Mertesacker, Lucas Perez, Danny Welbeck and Chuba Akpom. Hector Bellerin and Theo Walcott are doubts but are expected to play, while Kieran Gibbs, Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla are still rated doubtful to feature.
Tottenham were handed a boost in the fact that star striker Harry Kane will return to the squad. It remains doubtful that the England striker will start the game, though. The visitors are without Toby Alderweireld, Ben Davies and Erik Lamela for the clash, while Mousa Dembele remains a doubt.
Arsenal are favourites heading into this game at odds of 19/20, while the draw is odds of 13/5 and Tottenham are odds of 16/5 to record a win.
The Gunners look favourites to beat their arch-rivals, but Wenger’s side must beware of complacency as anything can happen in a derby game.
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