Arsenal ‘welcome’ Tottenham this weekend for the 196th edition of the North London derby and defending an eight-game unbeaten home streak (W5, D3) against their fierce rivals.
Indeed, Arsenal’s colours have been lowered just once in 29 home matches (W17, D12) against Tottenham since May 1993, in a H2H that hasn’t seen a goalless draw here since 1998.
The ‘Gunners’ come into this match defending a run of 18 competitive games without defeat (W14, D4). Eleven of those games have been in the league where remarkably Arsenal haven’t led at half-time this season. They do have a league-high eight wins after going in level at the break however, plus another league-high 21 second-half goals.
Victory this weekend would see Arsenal (W8, D3, L2) move level on points with a ‘Spurs’ side (W10, L3) who have won six straight competitive games, and not registered a draw yet this season.
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In contrast to Arsenal, Tottenham do their business in the first half and have eight HT/FT league wins this season. What’s more, if Tottenham score first they invariably win, doing so on ten of the 11 occasions in which they did so this season.
Players to watch: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner last week and jointy tops the Premier League (PL) goalscoring charts (eight).
Harry Kane has scored in six of his seven PL games versus Arsenal and is one away from equalling the all-time PL H2H goalscoring record.
Stat attack: Both teams have scored in 34 PL H2H games – the most in any PL fixture.
Tottenham have lost 37 points against Arsenal from winnings positions – more than any other PL team against another.
Arsenal have just two clean sheets in the league this season.
Eight of both teams’ PL games this season have produced over 2.5 goals.
Mauricio Pochettino has won 22 London derbies – the most by any manager since his time in charge of Spurs.
Will not play
(Lacking Match Fitness)
Referee: Dean M. (Eng),
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London)