With just a few hours to go before the north London derby at the Emirates between Arsenal and Tottenham, the tension is building amongst both sets of fans.
Is has become the custom in recent years, there is far more to play for than just local bragging rights. Both teams are in the fight for the top-four and it could be argued Spurs will believe they are in the title race.
It is no doubt a big game for both teams. However, I just cannot see the Gunners losing this match. I may be cursing them, but the Gunners under Unai Emery are looking like a slightly tougher nut to crack.
Arsenal unbeaten in 18 matches
Arsenal’s recent unbeaten run of 18 games in all competitions suggests that the Gunners are harder to beat under Emery than in Wenger’s latter years, even if they have had luck on their side in a few of those encounters.
The Gunners have suffered just two home defeats in their last 18 Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium, which were both inflicted by champions Manchester City.
The fact the home side have not lost against Tottenham on home soil in eight games also gives Gunners fans cause for confidence. Spurs have also recorded just two victories at Arsenal in the 26 years of the Premier League.
Nothing that we have seen so far this season suggests that Tottenham are going to improve that record on Sunday afternoon.
Tottenham are a good team
Even the most ardent Arsenal fan would find it difficult to suggest that Tottenham are not a good team. Over the last few seasons, Spurs have become one of the most consistent teams in the top-flight.
However, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are the nearly men of the Premier League. They seem to shoot themselves in the foot at bad times and run out of steam at terrible times, usually due to fatigue.
Should be an interesting game
Like most north London derby in living memory, this looks like it could be highly interesting. Both teams are heading into this game in good form and in confident mood ahead of the clash.
Neither team will fear the opposition, so it should produce a good game. Although the derby is a big examination of the Gunners under Emery, I would be highly surprised if they suffer defeat at the hands of their north London rivals.
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