This is the 50th North London derby in the Premier League, Arsenal lead the head to head with eighteen wins to Tottenham’s ten. Spurs are unbeaten in their last five league encounters with Arsenal, they can go six without defeat for the first time. Spurs head into this fixture in excellent form they have won eight consecutive league games, the first time since 1960. They head into the derby on 74 points, which is their best return in the Premier League. Arsenal have four wins and a defeat in their last five games. They are in 6th position in the league, five points off a Champions League place. Only Spurs V Liverpool (140) has had more Premier League goals as a fixture than the North London derby (139). The last time there was a 0-0 draw between the two was back in November 1998.
Arsenal have lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation most of the season, but in recent games they have changed to a 3-4-2-1. Arsenal like to dominate possession and to use short passes, they like to attack through the middle. Alexis Sanchez is important part of the way they like to play, he is their top scorer (19) and top assist maker (9). He has taken 106 shots this season forty-six more than any other Arsenal player. They score on average 2 goals per game and concede on average 1.25 goals a game. They have just 10 clean sheets in thirty-two games, and have lost eight games this season the most of the top six teams. Spurs also have changed between 4-2-3-1 and 3-4-2-1 formations this season. They also like to dominate possession, so will provide an interesting matchup between the two sides. Spurs average 2.09 goals per game and concede on average 0.67 goals per game. Hugo Lloris currently leads the way for the golden glove award with 16 clean sheets this season. Spurs are yet to receive a red card in the Premier League this season, Arsenal have received two red cards. There have been 11 sending offs in this fixture in the 49 games.
Arsenal won 1-0 at home to Leicester a late own goal by Robert Huth settled the game, this win ensured that Arsenal remain in the hunt for a top four finish for the 21st season in a row. Spurs also secured a 1-0 win away to Crystal Palace. Christian Eriksen’s long range effort in the 78th minute was enough for all 3 points. It was the Dane’s 8th Premier League goal of the season to go along with his 12 assists. Harry Kane has scored in four consecutive Premier League appearances against Arsenal, no Spurs player has scored more Premier League goals versus the Gunners than him (5). Arsene Wenger has 22 wins and just 7 losses in his North London derby career, his team have scored more goals against Spurs than they have against any other side under his reign. Mauricio Pochettino is the first ever Spurs manager to remain unbeaten in his first five top-flight North London Premier League derbies.
How the sides may line up:
Enjoyed this article? Hit the heart below!