North London rivalries are resumed this weekend with the two sides in vastly contrasting form, Spurs welcoming an out-of-sorts Arsenal to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as league leaders.
Arsenal’s defeat to Wolves last time out confirmed their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign and the Gunners’ faithful will be desperate for a return to form at the home of their fiercest rivals.
Here is all you need to know about Sunday’s clash:
Last weekend’s goalless draw at Chelsea ended a run of four consecutive league victories for Spurs, who are unbeaten since the opening weekend of the season to sit top of the Premier League on goal difference.
Jose Mourinho’s side look well balanced and have proven their ability to dig deep for results in each of their past two league fixtures, defending resiliently to beat Manchester City 2-0 and secure a point from Stamford Bridge.
Spurs currently possess the division’s best defensive record but it has not all been park-the-bus football for Mourinho this season, Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min having dovetailed superbly in attack.
The latter trails only Dominic Calvert-Lewin the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot with nine goals so far this season, whilst Kane is just two further back and has a league-leading nine assists for 16 goal contributions in just 10 appearances.
Toby Alderweireld’s loss is a huge blow at centre-back, though debutant Joe Rodon performed admirably in a baptism of fire at Chelsea and could feature once again this weekend.
The optimism that greeted Arsenal’s initial improvement under Mikel Arteta has all but evaporated, with the pressure beginning to grow on the Spaniard following a disappointing start to the season.
Arsenal lost for the third successive home game against Wolves last weekend and have won just one of their past six league fixtures, confirming their worst ever start to a Premier League season with the Gunners currently languishing in 14th place.
Goals have been a major problem with just 10 scored in 10 league fixtures this season, the form of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – who has scored just two league goals – a major concern for Arteta whose side have looked void of creativity and goal threat.
Arteta admitted following the defeat to Wolves that he was ‘really concerned’ by his side’s form and with good reason, a derby day meeting with their high-flying north London rivals shaping as a make-or-break fixture for the Arsenal boss.
Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal, 12 July 2020
Toby Alderweireld’s late header saw Spurs come-from-behind to beat Arsenal in a tightly-contested north London derby in July, amid a strange atmosphere at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the continued absence of fans.
Arsenal took the lead through a stunning Alexandre Lacazette effort, the forward unleashing a rising drive which thundered past Hugo Lloris to open the scoring.
The Gunners’ lead lasted just three minutes after gifting Son Heung-Min an equaliser, a poor back pass from Sead Kolasinac releasing the South Korean who made no mistake with a deft chipped finish.
The contest looked to be heading towards a stalemate that did little for either side’s European ambitions, only for Alderweireld to make himself a hero by glancing home Son’s corner to seal a late victory.
Predicted Line ups
Tottenham: Lloris; Aurier, Rodon, Dier, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Ndombele; Bergwijn, Son, Kane.
Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Elneny, Willock; Saka, Willian, Aubameyang
Who is the referee?
How can I watch?
Uk and Irish fans can view the fixture on Sky Sports Main Event.
What time is kick off?
Sunday December 6th, 2020 – 16:30 GMT.
Tottenham – 10/11
Draw – 11/4
Arsenal – 14/5