Match Preview: Arsenal vs Tottenham

London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham square off in the Premier League this weekend, with the game being scheduled at 17:30 (CET) on Sunday afternoon.

Arsenal will host Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium in the first North London derby of the 2019-20 campaign.

The Gunners are heading into the game after a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool last Saturday, their first in the new season.

Mauricio Pochettino’s boys were also beaten for the first time this term, losing 1-0 to Newcastle United at their home ground.

Both sides will be looking to improve their performance, meaning we’re in for a spectacular derby game at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.

Team news

German midfielder Mesut Ozil is finally in contention to make his first appearance in the 2019-20 Premier League season.

However, Kieran Tierney (knee), Hector Bellerin (knee) and Dinos Mavropanos (groin) remain all sidelined for the Gunners.

Kyle Walker-Peters has been ruled out with injury for Spurs, alongside other two full-backs Ryan Sessegnon and Juan Foyth.

Tanguy Ndombele, who missed the Newcastle game with a thigh injury has returned to training but is not fully fit to face Arsenal, while Eric Dier will need to go through a late fitness test on Sunday morning.

What did the managers say

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery belies his players will need to play each minute with intensity if they want to win all three points in the clash against Tottenham.

“The intensity [last season] was very important but they are also going to try to play with their identity and we need to impose our gameplan against them, knowing it’s going to be difficult. We need to look at our positioning offensively and defensively.

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“Above all, we need to play each ball, each meter, each minute with that intensity. After, we need to be clever when we have the ball and are in good situations to make a difference against them.

“Also, I think it’s a very, very big challenge for us and it’s a very, very good moment, a good match and the possibility of winning against them on Sunday gives a chance for good success,” Emery said at a press conference.

Mauricio Pochettino confirmed he turned down plenty of offers in order to stay at Tottenham Hotspur this season.

“Yes, plenty. From everywhere. Daniel [Levy] knows. Daniel knows very well our commitment to the club is massive. It is more than normal. Sometimes it is tough to explain but I think that is normal for different managers.

“If you ask [Pep] Guardiola, if you ask [Jurgen] Klopp and all the best managers, they will have received calls from different clubs. That does not make it special to me.

“I don’t want it to be used to say: ‘Look how good I am because I said no’. My commitment is with the club. I care about the club. I care about Daniel and our personal relationship,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.

Stats

Arsenal have won just two of their last 10 league games against Spurs (W2 D5 L3), with both wins coming at the Emirates in the previous two seasons.

Tottenham, on the other hand, have only won only one of their 26 Premier League away matches versus Arsenal, back in November 2010.

We’ve seen 18 penalties converted in the North London derby, it’s the joint highest in Premier League’s history along with Everton against Newcastle United.

Harry Kane has scored nine goals in nine games against Arsenal – only Wayne Rooney (12) and Robbie Fowler (10) have scored more Premier League goals against the Gunners.

His record of nine goals in the North London derbies is bettered only by Emmanuel Adebayor and Bobby Smith (both with 10 goals).

The Gunners haven’t lost a North London derby in September since 1969, winning six and drawing four of 10 such meetings in all competitions.

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