Arsenal play host to Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates on Sunday. What will happen in one of the fiercest rivalries in world football?
For the first time since the onset of the global pandemic, the fans will be allowed into the Emirates en masse to witness this huge clash of bitter North London rivals this Sunday afternoon! With Arsenal currently in 13th in the English Premier League (EPL) table and Spurs in 7th, both teams will be desperately seeking all 3 points!
The Gunners start the game on the back of a midweek 3-0 win against AFC Wimbledon and with a record of 3 wins and 3 clean sheets on the bounce. However, Spurs who started the new season so well, have lost their last 2 EPL games by a margin of 3 goals. They also just scraped a home win against Wolverhampton Wanderers on penalties in their midweek EFL cup tie.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have a fully-fit squad for this game, as Granit Xhaka returns to contention after a 3 match ban and Kieran Tierney has been given the all-clear following a cramp scare. Meanwhile, upfront Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be hoping to hold on to his place ahead of Alexandre Lacazette, despite the Frenchman scoring 4 goals in his last 6 North London derbies.
Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed that Lucas Moura is back in contention for Sunday. As Son Heung-min is also fully fit again, Moura could start on the right-hand side of the attack while the South Korean plays on the left. This strategy would see Giovani Lo Celso drop to the bench. Harry Kane will start up front and he will be hoping for his 1st EPL goal of the season.
Like any derby, where passions flare both on and off the pitch, this is a tough match to call. However, Arsenal appear to be in better form and are playing at home. Our prediction is 1-0 to the Gunners!