ARSENAL v TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 16:00; Emirates Stadium
The north London derby is one the greatest footballing rivalries in the country and there has been added spice to the fixture in recent years with the teams being so closely positioned in the league. Arsenal have had the upper hand at the Emirates lately, winning their last two home matches against Spurs 5-2, with a Tottenham player sent off on both occasions.
Arsenal have been written off many times against their closest rivals but Spurs have never managed to finish above their arch-rivals in the table. Arsene Wenger will again be looking to striker Olivier Giroud to find the net after scoring in both of Arsenal’s league games this season, the Frenchman has also scored three goals in his last four appearances on home turf.
Tottenham have made some impressive signings this summer and have made a 100% start to the season but they will not have a more pressured game than this. Spurs are looking to complete the transfers of Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Vlad Chiriches in the coming days but none will be available for Sunday’s match. Andre-Villas Boas will be under huge pressure to deliver his side a Champions League spot this season after a summer of spending which is set to rise over £100million, and he will be determined to avoid defeat.
What to watch out for: There have been 124 goals scored in Premier League meetings between the two clubs and there has been at least three goals in 13 of their last 14 encounters, which should lead to a fantastic spectacle at the Emirates.
Arsenal – Szczesny; Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs; Cazorla, Ramsey, Wilshere; Walcott, Giroud; Rosicky
Tottenham – Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; Capoue, Dembele, Paulinho, Townsend, Soldado, Chadli
Recent Form: Arsenal: LW; Spurs: WW