The North London Derby is always a vital game and that is the case when Arsenal and Tottenham meet today. The Gunners will be playing their first Derby without Arsene Wenger but there have been great signs of progress in their first season under Unai Emery and the Gunners head into the first Derby of the season unbeaten in 18 games. They have kept a freewheeling style in attack, with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang lighting up the scoreboard with eight goals in the Premier League alone, whilst his often partner in crime Alexandre Lacazette has five goals to his name.
Defensively, the Gunners rely a huge amount on the covering ability of all areas action man Lucas Torreira, who has proven to be a sensational signing in the summer, with their centre-backs once again being an area of vulnerability, especially Shkodran Mustafi who has made rash tackles against Crystal Palace and Bournemouth. Emery could well use another 3-4-2-1 after fullbacks Sead Kolasniac and Stephan Liechtensteiner were able to provide plenty of support.
They will need to do so once again facing a Spurs side that has had a brilliant week so far. Since their opening weekend defeat against Manchester City they’ve won their last six and they were sensational in tearing Chelsea apart last week, especially in the first half. Dele Alli gave an outstanding performance as the whole team targeted Jorginhio in midfield and it was also one of the best performances that we’ve seen from Heung-Min Son (in addition to great showings from Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier).
They were given more to think about by Inter Milan in midweek, but they deserved their win even if Eriksen’s winner came late and those were two high-quality performances that differed in nature ahead of this clash.
Arsenal’s long unbeaten run may have been helped by some more generous fixtures but they have adapted quickly to Emery’s style and this side has shown plenty of steel. Their only two defeats this season came right at the start, when they faced a much more prepared Manchester City side and should have taken a point from their encounter with Chelsea.
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
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FEB 2018 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal
NOV 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham
APR 2017 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal
NOV 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham
MAR 2016 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal
NOV 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham
SEP 2015 CAPITAL ONE CUP Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal
FEB 2015 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal
SEP 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham
MAR 2014 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 0-1 Arsenal
JAN 2014 FA CUP Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham
SEP 2013 PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham
These two teams look extremely difficult to separate and neither of the three results would be a surprise. It also wouldn’t be a shock if both teams scored – it’s as short as 40/85 – but there might be nothing separating them at the end of 90 minutes and the 10/3 on a score draw might be the best way to play this.
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