Match Preview: Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur

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Before the international break, Arsenal were the latest team to be beaten by Manchester City. They were consigned to a 3-1 defeat and it could have been much worse. Arsenal are currently on their longest winning run at the Emirates (10 wins) and will be eager for that to continue against their North London rivals.

Tottenham Hotspur have won four of their last five games with the only defeat coming against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Mauricio Pochettino has still not tasted defeat in a Premier League north London derby (W2, D4). However, all three of his visits to the Emirates Stadium with Spurs have ended in draws.

Team News

Oliver Giroud will not be available on Saturday after picking up a minor injury during the international break with France. Danny Welbeck and Shkodran Mustafi will have final checks on Friday.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks are all expected to feature for Spurs despite withdrawing from the England squad. First choice keeper Hugo Lloris could return following the groin injury that sidelined him for the victory over Crystal Palace. Back up keeper Michel Vorm (knee) may be available.

Toby Alderweireld and Vincent Wanyama are both out of contention with hamstring and knee injuries respectively.

Prediction

There’s nothing better than beating your local rivals and both team have a good chance of doing that at the weekend. My prediction is Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur. Whatever the result, it’s bound to be an entertaining match with Mike Dean as referee!

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