Arsenal vs Tottenham LIVE: Gunners aim to continue revival with fourth straight win as Spurs look to recover from two heavy losses in north London derby at the Emirates
- First north London derby of the season takes place at the Emirates Stadium
- Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Thomas, Smith-Rowe, Odegaard, Xhaka, Saka, Aubameyang
- Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Tanganga, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon, Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Alli, Lucas Moura, Kane, Son
- Latest Premier League news, including live action and results
- Race for the Golden Boot – as it stands
- Premier League table – as it stands
Arsenal host Tottenham in the first north London derby of the season at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Gunners are in better form having recovered from a dreadful start to the season with 1-0 wins over Norwich and Burnley before Carabao Cup victory over AFC Wimbledon in midweek.
Tottenham started with three league wins under new manager Nuno Espirito Santo but then crashed to back-to-back 3-0 losses to Crystal Palace and Chelsea.
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The Tottenham team come out to boos from the crowd before the fans get on their feet to welcome Arsenal.
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Well the last time these sides met were in a pre-season last month which saw Tottenham take a 1-0 victory.
But it was a dramatic match back in March when these two sides last met in the league with Arsenal taking a 2-1 victory.
Erik Lamela scored one of the goals of the season with his rabona to give Tottenham the lead before getting sent off in the second half as goals from Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette sealed victory for the Gunners.
The Arsenal boss said: ‘You have to show the right passion, the right heart, you have to use the brain and be cool and clear with what is required.
‘Anything can happen I don’t think what happens in the past is important in terms of what’s going to happen.’
The Tottenham boss has told Sky Sports: ‘It’s always important how you do things, we want to build and keep creating an idea to identify as a team so how we do it is important.
‘We try to build partnerships, we expect the players to improve and build their natural talents.
‘Away from home, it’s a special game, derby, tough opponent it’s important to be focused and stick to our tasks.’
Tony Adams has mounted a surprising defence of former Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, saying the Portuguese was ‘fantastic’ at the North London club.
Mourinho was sacked by Spurs in April after just 17 months in the managerial seat, and just days before the club faced Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final, which they went onto lose.
After making a flying start in the 2020/21 season – thanks to an excellent partnership between Harry Kane and Heung-min Son – Mourinho’s tenure at Spurs withered, with the 58-year-old suffering 10 league defeats in a season for the first time in his career.
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The early match in the Premier League today has just come to a close at St Mary’s and it’s a big win for Wolves against Southampton.
It was a welcome return to scoring by Raul Jimenez after his head injury last season.
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Arsenal beat Spurs 2-1 in this exact fixture in March – they’ve not won consecutive league games against Tottenham since doing the double over their rivals in the 2013-14 campaign.
Tottenham have won just one of their last 28 away league games against Arsenal (D11 L16), coming from behind to win 3-2 in November 2010.
Since consecutive 0-0 draws at Highbury in 1997-98 and 1998-99, Arsenal have scored at least once in each of their last 22 Premier League home games against Spurs.
After losing their first three league games by an aggregate score of 9-0 this season, Arsenal have won both of their last two by a 1-0 scoreline. They last won three in a row without conceding in July 2020, while they last had three consecutive 1-0 victories in August 2008.
After winning their first three league games all 1-0 this season, Tottenham have lost 3-0 in both of their last two, with both matches being London derbies. Spurs have never lost three consecutive league games by 3+ goals in their entire history.
Coming into this weekend’s games, Arsenal have used the most different players (26) and had the most starting XI changes (16) in the Premier League this season. The Gunners also have the youngest average starting XI so far in the top-flight this term (24y 328d).
In just the sixth game of the Premier League campaign, Arsenal and Tottenham square off in what could be a season-defining north London derby on Sunday afternoon.
It was less than a month ago that Tottenham defeated Norwich 1-0 to top the Premier League table, still to concede in three wins from as many games as Nuno Espirito Santo received lavish praise – and subsequently the manager of the month award.
Conversely, a seemingly hapless Arsenal sat rock bottom – the first time the two scenarios occurred simultaneously in top-flight history – having lost all three of their matches, including a 5-0 drubbing against Manchester City, while failing to score in any.
But while Arsenal won their following two encounters, ironically keeping clean sheets in both, Tottenham suffered back-to-back 3-0 defeats to Crystal Palace and Chelsea – and the Gunners can now leapfrog their great rivals with a victory this weekend.
Aiming to halt Arsenal’s building momentum is Harry Kane, who comes into the clash with a point to prove having received hefty criticism for his performances to date, particularly against Chelsea, with the England captain still to score in the Premier League this season.
But with Mikel Arteta and Espirito Santo both under intense scrutiny, who else will be feeling the pressure ahead of the mammoth fixture? Sportsmail takes a look…
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Tottenham head coach Nuno Espirito Santo makes three alterations from the 3-0 loss to Chelsea last week, with two coming in defence.
Japhet Tanganga returns at right-back with Davison Sanchez restored at centre-back and Lucas Moura replacing Giovani Lo Celso.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Tanganga, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon, Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Alli, Lucas Moura, Kane, Son
Substitutes: Romero, Gil Salvatierra, Emerson, Rodon, Lo Celso, Gollini, Skipp, Davies, Scarlett.
Granit Xhaka returns from suspension and comes straight back into the Arsenal starting line-up. The Switzerland captain was sent off in Arsenal’s 5-0 defeat at Manchester City before the international break but is recalled as the only change from the side that won at Burnley last weekend.
Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Thomas, Smith-Rowe, Odegaard, Xhaka, Saka, Aubameyang.
Substitutes: Leno, Lacazette, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Cedric, Pepe, Tavares, Sambi Lokonga, Martinelli.
Rarely can a north London derby have been played with such a sombre mood in both camps.
Tottenham started the season brightly enough but their last two weekends have seen 3-0 defeats to Crystal Palace and then Chelsea as the problems mount up for Nuno Espirito Santo, his honeymoon period very much over.
Down the road at the Emirates, Arsenal endured a shocking start to the season and it really is difficult to read much into 1-0 wins over Norwich and Burnley, the bottom two clubs.
So this afternoon’s clash should offer us a few clues as to the true state of these two. They dare not lose this one.
Welcome along to our live coverage of the north London derby at the Emirates. Kick-off is at 4.30pm and confirmed teams coming up shortly.
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