The first north London derby of the Premier League season is set to carry some extra heat today (Saturday 1 October), with Arsenal and Tottenham separated by just one point at the top of the table ahead of the fixture.
Arsenal enter the derby as league leaders with 18 points, while Spurs are just one point behind in third place. Manchester City sit between the rivals, only above Tottenham on goal difference.
Last time out, prior to the international break, Arsenal dispatched Brentford 3-0 away from home, while Tottenham also impressed by taking apart Leicester 6-2 – Son Heung-min’s second-half hat-trick off the bench sealing the win.
The former result saw Mikel ArteArsenal bounce back from their sole league defeat of the season so far – a loss to Manchester United – while Antonio Conte’s Tottenham are unbeaten in the top flight.
Here’s all you need to know.
When is it?
The north London derby will kick off at 12.30pm BST on Saturday (1 October), at Emirates Stadium.
How can I watch it?
The match will air live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. Subscribers to BT Sport can also stream the game live on the broadcaster’s website and app.
What is the team news?
Injuries are starting to catch up with Arsenal and risk affecting the Gunners’ ambitious title pursuit. This week saw the news that Emile Smith Rowe will be out for two months after the midfielder underwent groin surgery, while there are further midfield concerns, with Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny and Reiss Nelson all doubts here – the latter two having already missed a considerable number of games. Oleksandr Zinchenko’s presence in defence is also up in the air.
Meanwhile, Tottenham are much closer to full strength, with only winger Lucas Moura expected to miss out here due to a long-term calf issue.
Arsenal: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Vieira, Martinelli; Jesus.
Tottenham: Lloris; Perisic, Sanchez, Dier, Lenglet, Sessegnon; Hojbjerg, Bentancur; Kulusevski, Son, Kane.
Arsenal – 21/20
Draw – 13/5
Tottenham – 5/2
It is rare that north London derbies do not make for entertaining affairs. Expect a competitive game here, with Arsenal and Spurs sharing the spoils. Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham.