Premier League Football returns to The Emirates Stadium on Saturday after the International Break as Arsenal host rivals Tottenham Hotspur in this season’s first North London Derby.Match Details
- Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur
- Emirates Stadium, London.
- Saturday, 18th November
- 12:30 GMT
- Live on Sky Sports Premier League
Game in numbers
The North London Derby is one of the most awaited Premier League fixtures, especially given how much importance this game holds in the title race as well.
This fixture has produced the third highest number of goals since the commencement of the Premier League. Tottenham however, have had an upper hand in this fixture over the last couple of years. Arsenal have not won a single one of their last six Premier League meetings with Tottenham.
The damage being done chiefly by Harry Kane, who has scored in each of his five Premier League North London derbies. The striker has already scored six goals in this fixture, with only Emmanuel Adebayor(8) and Robert Pires(7) having scored more.
Arsenal however, do have the home advantage. The Gunners have won their last 10 Premier League games at The Emirates, their longest winning run at their new capital.
Praise for Wenger from Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino had nothing but words of praise for his opposite number who his currently the longest serving manager in the Premier League. When asked by a reporter about his thoughts on Wenger, the Tottenham Boss said,
“To stay at a club five years, is because you are a good manager. If you stay 10 years, you must be very good. But to stay more than 20 years, it is because you are special. I admire him a lot, he is a very special manager.”
The pressure will be on the experienced manager whose team sit sixth in the table, three places below their fellow North Londoners.
Olivier Giroud has injured his knee during the International Break, and has been ruled out of this fixture. Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi and Danny Welbeck will face late fitness tests, but are both expected to be back and fit for selection. Alexandre Lacazette, who was on the bench against Manchester City, is expected to start for the Gunners. Calum Chambers and David Ospina have also returned to full training for Arsenal after minor setbacks.
Tottenham’s English core comprising of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks who withdrew from the England squad due to injuries have all made a miraculous quick return to first team training and will all start. Hugo Lloris is also declared fit. Missing for Tottenham, will only be Toby Alderweireld, who is injured and out until Christmas.
Arsenal XI: Cech; Monreal, Mertesacker, Koscielny; Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ramsey, Bellerin; Özil, Alexis, Lacazette.
Tottenham XI: Lloris; Dier, Vertonghen, Davinson-Sanchez; Trippier, Dembele,Winks, Davies; Eriksen, Alli; Kane.
A North London Derby is always a special fixture and has produced a lot of goals over the years. I’m expecting this to be another one of those games with high tempo throughout the 90 minutes. I expect a point each for both the teams in a 2-2 draw.
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