Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur in the first north London derby of the 2023/24 season at the Emirates with both sides enjoying excellent starts to the new campaign.
The north London derby is always a massive event regardless of where the clubs stand amongst the grander context of English and European football, but when top places are on the line, it adds just a bit more juice to the affair.
Off to a flying start in the Champions League and amongst the early contenders at the top of the Premier League table, Arsenal host arch-rivals Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
While the Gunners are enjoying life to start this young season, Tottenham are also off and running under new manager Ange Postecoglou, who has Spurs second in the table and, like Arsenal, unbeaten through five league matches. They slipped meekly out of the EFL Cup, but rebounded strongly with victories over promoted sides Burnley and Sheffield United.
The home side had held a 17-match unbeaten run until the last meeting, when Arsenal won at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium back in January. Still, Tottenham have not won at Arsenal in league play since a 3-2 victory back in 2010, a run of 12 straight winless Premier League matches as a visitor.
Arsenal eased their way back into the Champions League by thrashing PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday and suffered no new injury worries.
Mikel Arteta has revealed the Gunners are still assessing winger Gabriel Martinelli ahead of the derby, with Leandro Trossard in line to start again if the Brazil international fails to recover from his hamstring problem in time.
David Raya has started the last two games and should get a third following back-to-back clean sheets. Jurrien Timber, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are all sidelined with injuries.
Richarlison changed the Sheffield United game from the bench with a goal and an assist late on and may be rewarded with a start up front with Son Heung-min moving back out wide.
Rodrigo Bentancur is stepping up his recovery but still needs more time, while Ryan Sessegnon and Bryan Gil are absent and Giovani Lo Celso is doubtful to make the squad.
Arsenal predicted lineup vs Tottenham (4-3-3): Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Vieira; Saka, Jesus, Trossard.
Tottenham predicted lineup vs Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Sarr, Bissouma; Kulusevski, Maddison, Son; Richarlison.
Vicario; Porro, Romero, White, Saliba, Odegaard, Rice, Bissouma, Saka, Maddison, Son