Preview: Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur - prediction, team news, lineups.

Preview: Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur - prediction, team news, lineups

In a quest to extend their dominance in the Emirates Stadium against their long-standing rivals, Arsenal will be playing host to Tottenham Hotspur in this Sunday's highly anticipated Premier League North London derby.

Both formidable teams from the capital city currently boast an impressive 13 points each, having played five matches in the early stages of the new season. Adding to their momentum, Mikel Arteta's squad enters this thrilling encounter fresh off a resounding victory over PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.

Over recent years, Arsenal supporters have had to endure the sight of Tottenham participating in the Champions League on Tuesday and Wednesday nights while they competed in the Europa League. However, this time around, the Gunners had the opportunity to demonstrate their worthiness for a place among Europe's elite.

Facing a PSV side that remained undefeated in 26 consecutive matches across all competitions, Arsenal showcased their attacking prowess on a damp evening in North London. They rained on Peter Bosz's parade with a flurry of goals from familiar faces: Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Jesus, Martin Odegaard, and Leandro Trossard.

The encounter with a more open PSV side came as somewhat of a relief for Arteta's men, especially after their previous struggle against a defensively resilient Everton team. A moment of brilliance from the silky Trossard, who has admirably filled in for the injured Gabriel Martinelli, broke the deadlock.

Despite a four-goal draw with Fulham being the only blemish in their 2023-24 campaign, the Gunners hold a respectable fourth place in the league standings, amassing 13 points from a possible 15. However, they trail Liverpool and their upcoming opponents, Spurs, due to goal difference.

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Notably, Arsenal is the only team in the top seven that has yet to reach double figures in terms of goals scored this season. Arteta's tactical approach leans towards a more conservative style of play. Nevertheless, even the most optimistic Tottenham fans would be hard-pressed to believe that Arsenal will remain stuck on nine top-flight goals this weekend.

The script seemed prewritten for Richarlison to shine in Tottenham's recent clash with Sheffield United. Prior to his entrance from the bench, Tottenham had fallen behind to Gustavo Hamer's strike and struggled to break through Wes Foderingham's impressive goalkeeping and time-wasting tactics. However, Richarlison turned the tables with a late equalizer and set up Dejan Kulusevski for a sensational last-minute winner, marking a new record for the latest comeback in Premier League history.

Remaining unbeaten in the top flight since Ange Postecoglou took charge, Spurs have outperformed everyone but Manchester City this season. Their impressive streak also includes scoring at least twice in every Premier League match under Postecoglou, a feat not seen since the 1965-66 season. Memories of Antonio Conte's tumultuous departure after leading Spurs to their best-ever season start last year linger.

Sunday's showdown will be the 208th competitive North London derby since the initial encounter in 1896 when Arsenal hailed from South-East London. Arsenal has emerged victorious in four of their last five meetings with their arch-rivals, who have endured an unfortunate 13-year drought without a top-flight win on Emirates turf.

We say: Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal's powers can sometimes wane when faced with a low block, but the Gunners ran riot against a bolder PSV team and will need no second invitation to subject an aggressive, front-footed Spurs side to similar treatment, as Postecoglou should not be expected to abandon his principles.


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