Premier League Preview: Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur

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  • Spurs have only won once at Arsenal in 25 matches in all competitions since May 1993, a 3-2 comeback win in November 2010 
  • Arsenal took 25 points from their 10 London derbies in the Premier League last season (8-1-1) and defeated Crystal Palace on the opening weekend this season.
  • Six of Tottenham’s seven league points this season have come in London derbies. (BBC Sport)

London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will clash at the Emirates on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The Gunners, along with Chelsea, is the only Premier League squad that exists unbeaten after the opening five league contests, winning two matches and drawing three, a 2-2 draw to Manchester City marking their last fixture at the Emirates. Arsenal’s latest Champions League and Capital One Cup competition didn’t fare well for them, however, as Borussia Dortmund blanked Arsene Wegner’s team, 2-0, on Sep. 16. Southampton edged Arsenal, 2-1, in Capital One Cup play a few days ago.

On the other side, Tottenham has shown its irregularity in the beginning of this year, notching a four-game winning streak followed by a four-game winless stretch. The Spurs succumbed to a 1-0 home loss vs. West Brom last weekend, and manager Mauricio Pochettino will hope to make an impression in this coming match to satisfy fans and team management because he’s spearheaded Tottenham’s worst start since Juande Ramos’ 2008-2009 season.

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What they’re saying

Gunner boss Arsene Wenger on North London derbies and Tottenham early season form (SuperSport): “North London derbies are always very intense and the players from both sides know each other so well. It’s too early in the season to judge a team but Tottenham have introduced less new players than they did last year and they can only benefit from that stability – and they have a quality manager (Mauricio Pochettino) as he showed at Southampton.”

Tottenham midfielder Harry Kane on the significance of beating Arsenal (Tottenham Official Website): “It’s the biggest game of the season. It’s a match everyone looks forward to – the fans, the staff, the players – and it’s one you want to bring three points back from. We’re focused on the game, and we want to get the win so we can build a bit of momentum.”

Player absences/injuries

The following players are out for Arsenal: Nacho Monreal (back), Yaya Sanogo (hamstring), Theo Walcott (knee). Serge Gnabry (knee), Mathieu Debuchy (ankle) and Olivier Giroud (fractured foot).

Kieran Gibbs and Per Mertesacker look to be available for the Gunners after not featuring in the squad during the Capital One Cup match v. Nottingham Forest. Mathieu Flamini has recovered from his dead leg ailment as well.

Kyle Walker is the only noteworthy man listed “out” for Tottenham. Emmanuel Adebayor, Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen should all see time on the pitch.

Prediction

Arsenal have too much firepower to pick against them, and Tottenham, if they are able to thwart the Gunners’ attack, shouldn’t be capable of overshadowing Wenger’s squad in the goal category. Nonetheless, despite the historical trend running strongly in Arsenal’s favor, it shouldn’t baffle anyone if this rivalry game’s decided by a goal. 2-1, Arsenal.