Arsenal host Tottenham in Sunday’s north London derby at the Emirates Stadium looking to keep pace at the top of the Premier League.
The Gunners form in the Premier League has been superb of late, as Arsene Wenger’s side have won their last five top-flight. The side from north London has also scored two or more in those five wins. That scoring record will be put to the test against a Spurs team that is looking increasingly solid at the back.
Arsenal will fancy their chances, as not only have they lost just three of their last 38 games at the Emirates in the top-flight, but Spurs have also won just once in their last 20 visits to Arsenal in all competitions.
Despite all the positive points in the top-flight, the Gunners head into this game on the back of a 5-1 mauling at Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday. However, Wenger’s side faced the German side without ten of their senior players.
Tottenham heads to the Emirates Stadium in good spirits and Mauricio Pochettino’s team are fifth in the league, just five points behind their local rivals. Spurs are unbeaten in the league since the opening day defeat at Manchester United and have won three consecutive games in all competitions.
England international striker Harry Kane has scored in three consecutive games in all competitions, having struggled to find the net in previous games.
Arsenal are in the midst of a major injury crisis with ten possible first team absentees for this clash once again. Spanish youngster Hector Bellerin is the latest player to have picked-up a knock, having sustained a groin injury. Mathieu Debuchy will continue to deputise for youngster at right-back.
The likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck are all out injured. Centre-back Laurent Koscielny is a doubt for the Gunners, as is midfielder Mikel Arteta and Colombian ‘keeper David Ospina.
For Tottenham, midfielders Nacer Chadli and Alex Pritchard are both absent, while Danny Rose, Clinton N’Jie and Nabil Bentaleb are all doubts for the clash. Pochettino may name an unchanged side from the team that defeated Aston Villa 3-1 last time out in the league.
The Gunners are the favourites heading into the north London derby at odds of 8/11, the draw is odds of 3/1 and the visitors are odds of 4/1.
Tottenham will be a difficult opponent for the Gunners, but the home side will be desperate to bounce back from that Bayern defeat with a victory over their local rivals.
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