On Saturday lunchtime, Arsenal host north London rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium, as the home side attempt to gain ground on their local rivals in the Premier League.
Arsene Wenger’s side are currently four points behind Spurs in the table. However, a victory in this game could change the whole complexion of the race for the top-four spots.
However, victories in north London derbies have been hard to come by for Arsenal in recent years, as the Gunners only win in their last seven encounters with Spurs was back in 2015 in a League Cup clash at White Hart Lane.
The last three meetings at the Emirates Stadium have finished all square, while the visitor’s record of two wins from their 25 Premier League visits to Arsenal suggest the home side are not the underdogs some people make them out to be in this clash.
Prior to the international break, the Gunners suffered a 3-1 defeat at Manchester City. The loss followed an uninspiring home draw against Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League.
The Gunners do have a good home record in the top-flight, having won ten consecutive league games on home soil.
Tottenham are currently third in the Premier League table and eight points behind league leaders Manchester City.
The visitors have a good recent record in the English top-flight, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side have won five of their last six league matches. The one blip was a 1-0 defeat at Manchester United, which was not a major surprise as the Gunners struggle to record wins at their top-six rivals.
Pochettino’s side had won six straight league games on their travels prior to their trip to Old Trafford, scoring 25 goals in total in that six-game run.
Their record at Arsenal is a major negative for the visitors and they will be keen to put the record straight in this clash.
Arsenal are without Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud through injury, while Alex Iwobi, Danny Welbeck, Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding are doubts. Laurent Koscielny is a doubt but is expected to feature.
Tottenham are without Victor Wanyama through injury, while defender Toby Alderweireld has returned to training after injury, but may not feature. Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Erik Lamela and Dele Alli are all fitness doubts.
Arsenal are favourites to win this clash at 6/4, while the draw is 13/5 and Tottenham are 19/10 to record a very rare win at their rivals.
Arsenal are unlikely to be overawed by the visitors and the Tottenham have a terrible record at the Emirates Stadium, so this could be a very interesting 90 minutes.
Can Arsenal record a victory over Tottenham on Saturday?