Match Preview: Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur

This is the 49th North London Derby in the Premier League, Arsenal lead the way in wins with 18 to Spurs 10. Last season both games ended in a draw and the last away win for any team was back in March 2014, a 1-0 Arsenal win. Both teams are going well in the league and this year’s derby could be even more important, with both teams vying at the top. Spurs remain unbeaten this season and Arsenal are unbeaten since the 1st day of the season. Arsene Wenger is in his 20th season as Arsenal manager he has won 9 trophies and has a 57.4%-win percentage. He has led Arsenal into the Champions League 19 years in a row but is yet to win the trophy, they also haven’t been past the round of 16 since 2010. Mauricio Pochettino is yet to taste defeat in a League North London Derby with 3 draws and 1 win. 

Arsenal like to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, and are currently using Alexis Sanchez as their centre forward. They have a pacey front four, which include an inform Theo Walcott he has five goals in his nine appearances. Arsenal like to keep possession of the football and have an average of 56.7% only bettered by Liverpool and Manchester City. They also boast an 84.9% pass accuracy which is 3rd best in the Premier League. Arsenal have been very efficient in front of goal this season with 23 goals which is 10 more than Spurs but only average 15.2 shots per game with Spurs averaging 18.5 per game. Spurs are using the 4-2-3-1 formation away from home, Pochettino using the extra defensive midfielder to make sure Spurs are solid. He will want to implement the high press and try to win the ball in Arsenal’s defensive third. Spurs have an aggressive streak in their team, Pochettino will hope his players don’t over step the mark. Spurs average more than 13 fouls per game which is 3rd most in the league, with Arsenal only averaging 9.5. The team scoring first in this fixture has failed to win this fixture on 23 occasions. This is the highest number in Premier League history.  

Arsenal come into the derby on the back of a 4-1 away win against struggling Sunderland. The game was poised at 1-1 in the 65th minute by the 78th minute Arsenal had struck 3 goals from Alexis Sanchez and 2 from substitute Oliver Giroud. Leaving Arsenal in 2nd position in the table on goal difference on 23 points. Spurs were held to 1-1 draw by Champions Leicester City, this was the 3rd draw in a row in the Premier League for them. Spurs again had chances to score further goals and hit the crossbar twice. Vincent Janssen scored his 1st Premier League goal with a well-taken penalty that he had earned. This left Spurs on 20 points and in 5th place in the league. Spurs will be hoping that Harry Kane will make his comeback from injury, having scored 4 goals in his 3 appearances against Arsenal in the Premier League. Spurs have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 14 league meetings with Arsenal, their longest current run against any opponent in the Premier League.

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