The London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal will be a pulsating encounter as both sides are fighting for a place in next season’s Europa League alongside Wolves and Sheffield United.

Arsenal are currently placed eighth on the premier league log with 50points and Spurs sit ninth with 49 points so, only a win will be good for both Jose Mourinho and Mikel Arteta.

Both teams drew their last matches ahead of this fixture and have struggled for form throughout the season.

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In the premier league era, both sides have played 55 matches with Arsenal coming out tops with 20 wins, Spurs have won 12 and drew 23 times.

Tottenham are unbeaten in their last five home league games against Arsenal (W3 D2), with this the first ever meeting between the sides at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Arsenal have only kept one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League away games against Tottenham (W1 D3 L6), a 1-0 victory in March 2014.

Tottenham have dropped 42 points from winning positions in Premier League games against Arsenal, more than any side has dropped against another in the competition’s history.

Tottenham have won their last two home league games, and are looking to win three in a row at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time since April 2019 – in their first three Premier League games at the ground.0 GettyImages 1188936934

Tottenham’s José Mourinho and Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta are each taking charge of their first ever north London derby matches. The last meeting between the sides that was the first such match for both managers was in September 1986, when George Graham (Arsenal) and David Pleat (Tottenham) played out a 0-0 draw at Highbury.

Mourinho has never lost a home game against Arsenal in his career, winning five and drawing four of his nine games – only versus Everton and Man Utd (both 10 games) has he faced more often at home without ever losing.

Team NewsAlli and Son

Tottenham will still be missing Dele Alli against Arsenal in the first north London derby at their new stadium. England midfielder Alli is suffering from a hamstring injury and will miss out. Defenders Japhet Tanganga (back) and Juan Foyth (knee) are also injured.

Arsenal will be without striker Eddie Nketiah. The England Under-21 international was sent off in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Leicester and will miss the next three games after an appeal against the decision was unsuccessful.

Mesut Ozil (back) is likely to miss out again, while Pablo Mari (ankle), Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli and Calum Chambers (all knee) are definite absentees.

Key Battle

Serge Aurier vs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

It will be a tough task to deal with the Arsenal Captain who has scored 20 goals already this season. Aurier needs to be tactically ready for the Gabonese.

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Probable XI

Tottenham: Hugo Lloris; Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Ben Davies, Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso, Érik Lamela; Steven Bergwijn, Harry Kane

Arsenal: Emiliano Martínez; Shkodran Mustafi, David Luiz, Sead Kolašinac, Héctor Bellerín, Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka, Kieran Tierney, Bukayo Saka; Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Prediction

Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal

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