Pivotal North London Derby to Take Place This Weekend

The action in the Premier League this weekend will focus on the team’s at the top of the table and with that in mind, plenty will be tuning in to see how Liverpool get on against Burnley at Turf Moor and how Manchester City do at home to Brighton, both of which take place on Saturday.

However, the biggest game of the weekend takes place on Sunday and sees the first North London derby match of the season as Arsenal face Tottenham Hotspur in a game that neither side will want to lose, lest they start to drop off the pace being set at the top of the table.

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Let’s now take a look at how the teams shape up ahead of the first North London derby of the season.

Arsenal

Season So Far

  • V Newcastle United (A) – W 1-0 (Aubameyang 58)
  • V Burnley (H) – W 2-1 – (Lacazette 13, Aubameyang 64)
  • V Liverpool (A) – L 1-3 – (Torreira 85)

6 Points, 4 goals scored, 4 goals conceded.

Current League Position – 3rd (6 points)

Premier League Squad (Squad number)

Goalkeepers – Bernd Leno (1), Emiliano Martinez (26), Matt Macey (33)

Defenders – Shkodran Mustafi (20), Sokratis Papasthatopoulos (5), David Luiz (23), Calum Chambers (21), Rob Holding (16), Konstantinos Mavropanos (27), Sead Kolasinac (31), Kieran Tierney (3), Nacho Monreal (18), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (18)

Midfielders – Lucas Torreira (11), Granit Xhaka (34), Mohamed Elneny (4), Matteo Guendouzi (29), Dani Ceballos (8), Joe Willock (28), Henrik Mkhitaryan (7), Mesut Ozil (10), Reiss Nelson (24), Gabriel Martinelli (35)

Attackers – Nicolas Pepe (19), Alexandre Lacazette (9), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (14)

Manager – Unai Emery

Overview

Unai Emery has strengthened this Arsenal squad wisely over the summer with the signings of Nicolas Pepe and Dani Ceballos particularly exciting. The signing of David Luiz from Chelsea was a surprise and the Gunners are still waiting for Kieran Tierney to make his debut after signing from Celtic due to injury. The Gunners certainly look a stronger side on paper than last season and also have greater depth, but as they showed against Liverpool, they still have a way to go to match the very top teams in the division this season.

Tottenham

Season So Far

  • V Aston Villa (H) – W 3-1 (Ndombele 73, Kane 86,90)
  • V Manchester City (A) – D 2-2 (Lamela 23, Moura 56)
  • V Newcastle Utd (H) – L 0-1

4 points, 5 goals scored, 4 goals conceded

Current League Position – 7th (4 points)

Premier League Squad (Squad number)

Goalkeepers – Hugo Lloris (1), Paulo Gazzaniga (22)

Defenders – Davinson Sanchez (6),  Toby Alderweireld (4), Jan Vertonghen (5), Juan Foyth (21), Danny Rose (3), Ben Davies (33), Serge Aurier (24), Kyle Walker-Peters (16)

Midfielders – Eric Dier (15), Victor Wanyama (12), Oliver Skipp (29), Tanguy Ndombele (28), Geovani Lo Celso (18), Harry Winks (8), Moussa Sissoko (17), Ryan Sessegnon (19), Christian Eriksen (23), Dele Alli (20)

Attackers – Heung Min Son (7), Erik Lamela (11), Harry Kane (10), Lucas Moura (27)

Manager – Mauricio Pochettino

Overview

The signings of Geovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon and Tanguy Ndombele plus holding onto Christian Erikssen, so far, have been the main bits of business for Spurs over the summer but they still seem to be struggling a little. They made a late comeback to rescue the game against Villa, but were extremely lucky to win a point against Man City in a game where they were totally second best and then Newcastle battled their way to a shock win in front of the Spurs home fans who cannot be too pleased at how their team has started the season.

Arsenal v Tottenham head to head

  • Matches Played – 140
  • Arsenal wins – 82
  • Tottenham wins – 64
  • Draws – 52

Last ten games

  • Mar 2019 – Tottenham 1-1 Arsenal (EPL)
  • Dec 2018 – Arsenal 0-2 Tottenham (FLC)
  • Dec 2018 – Arsenal 4-2 Tottenham (EPL)
  • Feb 2018 – Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal (EPL)
  • Nov 2017 – Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham (EPL)
  • Apr 2017 – Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal (EPL)
  • Nov 2016 – Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham (EPL)
  • Mar 2016 – Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal (EPL)
  • Nov 2015 – Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham (EPL)
  • Sep 2015 – Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal (FLC)

Arsenal wins – 3, Tottenham wins – 3, Draws 4.  

Arsenal v Tottenham Our Top Tips

  • Full Time Result – Arsenal to win – 13/10

Looking back at the fixtures between the two teams over the last few years shows that it has generally been a very close call between them with only Arsenal’s 4-2 win last season bucking the trend of close games.

However, of the two teams I believe Arsenal are in better form and I think their newer players have settled more quickly than Spurs and I feel with home advantage, they are the team most likely to sneak the three points on Sunday.

  • Correct Score – Arsenal to win 2-1 – 9/1

History shows that these games tend to see goals (the last 0-0 was in Feb 2009) and given the defensive frailties both sides have displayed this season, I feel that there will be goals at both ends, however I just feel that with home advantage and some in form attacking players, the Gunners may just grab the extra goal in three to claim the win.

  • Anytime Goalscorer – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 21/20

Having netted two goals already this season, Aubameyang is in good form and he also seems to be Arsenal’s first choice striker ahead of Lacazette and Pepe. His pace will be a real threat for Spurs and I think that his positive record against Tottenham will see him grab another goal here.