Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur preview, betting tips and predictions
Another North London derby stalemate looks a distinct possibility.
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Premier League action returns from the international break, kicking off with the clash of the weekend with the North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium.
With Manchester City away and clear at the top of the table, the chasing pack know that they can ill-afford to drop points if they are to retain any hope of reeling them in later in the campaign. Tottenham are eight points adrift of the leaders, whilst Arsenal’s title hopes already look hanging by a thread with them having 12-points to make up on the Citizens.
With so much uncertainty surrounding the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, Arsenal’s Premier League campaign looks to be in danger of just drifting as they fall further off the pace. There seems little hope of another title push at the Emirates until a decision is made as to who replaces Arsene Wenger and when, with the squad looking in increasing need of a major revamp.
Tottenham do look genuine title contenders, or at least they would if Manchester City would do the decent thing and drop a few points occasionally. Failure to win on Saturday could see the points-difference between themselves and City reach double figures and that could be an insurmountable gap to make up, even at this relatively early stage of the season.
Three of the last four meetings between the two teams have ended all square and it has finished 1-1 on the last three occasions the pair have clashed at the Emirates in the Premier League. A similar outcome looks a strong possibility in this game too.
The Gunners went down to a 3-1 defeat at Manchester City before the latest international break, but their form has been generally decent of late and they’ve shown some resolve in coming back to win from behind on several occasions recently.
In addition, their form at the Emirates has been excellent and they are unbeaten on home soil in 16 matches in all competitions since that 5-1 Champions’ League drubbing by Bayern Munich back in March.
Tottenham’s last defeat was also in Manchester, a 1-0 loss to United at Old Trafford prior to the historic 3-1 Champions’ League victory against Real Madrid. They went into the international break with a less than convincing 1-0 win over Crystal Palace to draw level with the Red Devils in second spot.
Having picked up a thigh injury whilst on International duty, Olivier Giroud is a major doubt for Arsenal. Defender Rob Holding’s thigh injury is also likely to keep him on the sidelines. Danny Welbeck is expected to be available following a month out with a hamstring injury, but Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee.
Tottenham’s injury situation is a tad more complex. Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, Harry Winks, Dele Alli and Harry Kane all pulled out of international games over the past week, but most (with the likely exception of Alderweireld) should be available for Saturday lunchtime duty. Victor Wanyama and Erik Lamela are unlikely to be available as yet though.