Arsenal host Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium in the north London derby on Saturday looking to build on last weekend’s 3-0 win at Aston Villa.
The Gunners are unbeaten in the Premier League this season, but three of those games have finished in draws. Arsene Wenger side are currently fourth in the table, four points off league leaders Chelsea.
As per usual Arsene Wenger fielded a weakened team in Tuesday’s third round Capital One Cup game against Southampton and the Gunners suffered a 2-1 home defeat. The veteran Frenchman fielded very few first team regulars in the defeat and rested his star performers ahead of the big derby clash.
The Gunners have a good recent record against their local rivals, having won four out of the last five meetings between the two teams, which included winning both the north London derbies last season.
Arsenal has also won all four of their last home games against Tottenham and not conceded in their last three home games against their local rivals. The Gunners are also unbeaten in 20 games at the Emirates Stadium.
Tottenham arrive at the Emirates in inconsistent form. Spurs have claimed two Premier League victories this season and suffered a surprise 1-0 home defeat to West Brom in their last top-flight outing.
Spurs did bounce back from that league cup defeat by beating Nottingham Forest 3-1 at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night to progress to the fourth round of the competition. That win in the Capital One Cup was Spurs first victory in five games in all competitions.
The Gunners still have a considerable injury list heading into the derby. Wingers Theo Walcott and Serge Gnabry, full-back Mathieu Debuchy, strikers Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo are all still out, while Spanish full-back Nacho Monreal is also still a doubt.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is likely to name the same line-up which started against Aston Villa last weekend.
Tottenham have a reasonably clean bill of health with just England full-back Kyle Walker expected to be ruled out of the game through injury. Just like Wenger, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino named a much-changed line-up in the league cup and is likely make wholesale changes for this clash.
This is a derby match and the old adage of anything came happen in a derby probably applies, but with history on their side the Gunners look good value for the win in this clash.
Can Arsenal get the better of their local rivals this weekend?