Last season, it was the North London derby that decided who would qualify for the Champions League, and Tottenham came out as the winners. Arsenal and Arteta certainly know how to hold a grudge, as seen with that infamous Ivan Toney tweet, so you can bet on them going out in search of a win this weekend – nothing less will satisfy them. On the other hand, Spurs managed to get their South Korean wonder boy firing on all cylinders again, as Son netted a Lewandowskesque hat-trick, coming off the bench against Leicester City.
Who will claim the points this weekend, and what will that say about their season’s ambitions going forward? Join us as we discuss each team’s chances of winning the derby and gear you up with some great betting tips for the weekend.
Arsenal have enjoyed a contrasting start to their previous season. In their 21/22 campaign, they found themselves in the relegation zone; now, they’re top of the league six games in. That is how good a job Mikel Arteta and his coaching staff have done to get the Gunners back on their feet, competing with the biggest names in English football. Now there is no trophy given for being top of the league after a handful of games, but it’s a step in the right direction, and the young squad will take great confidence in knowing they are doing well. Despite their recent loss against Manchester United, Gunners fans will feel that the result did no justice to how the game panned out. Arsenal were frustrated that Martinelli’s goal was ruled out as a foul on Christian Eriksen in the build-up, a decision that might have changed the game.
That is football. Sometimes you get the decisions, and sometimes you don’t.
Arsenal will take solace in the fact that they are playing this fixture at home as the last time Tottenham won away to Arsenal was back in 2010. We are pricing a convincing 2-0 win for Arsenal at 11/1 (12.00).
Summer signing Gabriel Jesus is the catalyst to this year’s Arsenal success, converting most of his chances and being the focal point in attack they so dearly needed. A long list of injuries might squander the Gunners’ chances, with the Midfield department suffering the most. Service might lack for the young Brazilian. In light of all the injuries, players such as Vieira, no, not the French one, Fabio Vieira will most likely start and hope to build on recent performances.
Injuries and/or suspensions:
Oleksandr Zinchenko – Calf/Shin/Heel Injury
Kieran Tierney – Head/Face injury
Cedric Soares – Knock
Mohamed Elneny – Thigh Injury
Emile Smith Rowe – Groin/Hip/Pelvic Injury
Thomas Partey – Knee Injury
Seeing that the opposition team has a lot of their starting 11 out injured might ease some nerves for the travelling faithful, but they know that going to the Emirates and getting three points it’s a rare event.
You have to go back more than a decade to the last time Spurs won at the Emirates. Antonio Conte has been handed some great news as Ivan Perisic is fit and should be ready to taste his first North London derby as well as Richarlison, but for the Brazilian, it might be a bit tricky as Son is back within the goals. The Italian coach should be more than happy with the options available to him and would see this as a great opportunity to break the 12-year-long winless streak at the Emirates.
Apart from Manchester City, Tottenham are the only other squad who are yet to be beaten, something they would love to extend as far as possible. Antonio Conte will hope that his side will play more expensive football in the final third in order to break the lines; having Son, Kane and Kulusevski / Richarlison creates a great fluid attacking trio that could trouble any defence.
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Injuries and/or suspensions:
Ben Davies – Knee injury
Hugo Lloris – Thigh Injury
Lucas – Calf/Shin/Heel Injury
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