Arsenal vs Tottenham: Arsenal will welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Emirates stadium for a thrilling North London Derby on Saturday lunchtime as the Premier League resumes.
Arsenal’s men’s teams will compete for supremacy and the chance to sit stronger at the top of the Premier League table one week after the women’s teams created history in their North London derby.
The Arsenal Vs Tottenham Hotspur Premier League game will kick off at 12:30 British time.
Arsenal Vs Tottenham Match preview
During the men’s international break, 47,367 fans traveled to the Emirates to watch Arsenal Women destroy Tottenham 4-0. If Saturday’s match is even remotely as lopsided as that of the Women’s Super League version, Gunners are in for a treat.
On September 18, as Arsenal defeated Brentford 3-0, newcomer Fabio Vieira, who shares the same name as coach Patrick Vieira of Crystal Palace, scored the game-winning goal. In the first half, William Saliba and Gabriel Jesus also scored goals for the lopsided Gunners.
Arsenal made sure they would go into the international break one point ahead of the opposition after successfully avenging their 2-0 defeat at the Brentford Community Stadium last year, which irked some with their “Nice kick about with the guys” remarks.
Even though their sole Big Six matchup so far this season resulted in a 3-1 loss to Manchester United, ending a four-game stretch without a clean sheet was also a sight for Mikel Arteta’s eyes as his Arsenal club continued to show a ruthless streak that was noticeably missing in the past.
Although they have given up at least one goal in each of their past six Premier League victories at their home stadium, the hosts have won all six of those contests. Tottenham’s renowned attacking line has several reasons to silence the home crowd.
Son Heung-min’s daring substitution against Leicester City, despite repeated requests from Tottenham supporters to sit the scoreless player, paid off for Antonio Conte. The South Korean international broke his streak of careless play in impressive fashion.
Son entered the game in the 59th minute, and by the 86th, it was clear that he would be leaving with the match ball after his 13-minute hat-trick added to goals from Harry Kane, Eric Dier, and Rodrigo Bentancur to help the team win 6-2.
As Tottenham continues to trail Arsenal and the defending champions Man City in third place going into the journey across the city, Conte made light of the fact that Son can jokingly anticipate being benched week in and week out if he turns in similar super-sub performances in the future.
The Lilywhites recovered flawlessly from their Champions League setback at Sporting Lisbon against Leicester, but the Emirates is not their preferred hunting ground. Only two of their last seven competitive away games have resulted in victories.
Spurs have lost their last 11 away North London derbies in the league due to an Arsenal victory of 3-1 in this match last season, but they served their capital rivals a piece of humble pie with a 3-0 victory in May, and Conte’s crop are not the same team that Nuno Espirito Santo led to their defeat at the Emirates last season.
Arsenal vs Tottenham: Team News
Injuries to Mohamed Elneny (hamstring), Emile Smith Rowe (groin), and Cedric Soares (knee) will undoubtedly be a big blow to Arsenal. However, there is hope that Kieran Tierney, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Thomas Partey will all overcome their physical issues in time to play.
Takehiro Tomiyasu, who was released from Japan due to “club circumstances,” is also expected to play, and Martin Odegaard, who overcame a knock to play for Norway during the international break, are both expected to drop Vieira to the bench.
Smith Rowe, who scored in this match last year, is now sidelined until December following groin surgery, while Reiss Nelson, who hopes to make his first competitive game of the year, could yet make the squad.
For Arteta, who is attempting to join George Morrell and Terry Neill as the only managers in Arsenal’s history to win their first three league games against Spurs at home, a piece of personal history could also be on the line.
Hugo Lloris, Tottenham’s starting goalkeeper, withdrew from France duty with a thigh injury, and it is currently unknown whether he will be able to play this weekend. This has caused Tottenham to have their own injury concerns.
Lloris’s problem was said to be minor, but Fraser Forster is ready to go, and Conte is hoping that Ben Davies (knee) and Lucas Moura (tendon) will be healthy and available at this time.
Ivan Perisic, who was forced to leave Croatia’s match during the international break after a rough challenge from teammate Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, has also been given the all-clear, but Dejan Kulusevski is rumored to have returned to England with a hamstring injury.
Richarlison might keep his spot in the attack as a result of the Sweden international being a doubt for the game, but there have been calls for Conte to switch to a 3-5-2 formation and bring on Yves Bissouma right away.
Arsenal possible lineup:
Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Jesus
Tottenham Hotspur starting lineup:
Lloris; Romero, Dier, Lenglet; Perisic, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon; Richarlison, Kane, Son
Arsenal vs Tottenham: Prediction
Despite Tottenham’s ongoing scoring streak against the Gunners and Arsenal’s recent inability to maintain clean sheets at home, a North London derby at the Emirates always seems to energize the home crowd.
Arteta’s team could edge out a victory on Saturday over a Tottenham team that still has some concerns to be answered on the creative front. But what might work for Tottenham against Arsenal include their considerable fitness gains, a considerably more effective ability to press high, and the capacity to bounce back from losses in play.
However, we anticipate Arsenal defeating Tottenham 2-1 in the North London derby.