Arsenal vs Tottenham: EPL Match Preview, Predicted Line-ups and Fantasy XI

Arsenal are purring with confidence heading into the North London Derby against a Tottenham side eager to regain supremacy in this fixture.
Two unbeaten London rivals face off (Image- The Independent)
Two unbeaten London rivals face off (Image- The Independent)

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.

Match Details:

  • Location: London, England
  • Stadium: Emirates Stadium
  • Date: Sunday 24 September
  • Kick-off Time: 16:30 BST / 11:30 ET / 08:30 PT
  • Referee: Rob Jones
  • VAR: Paul Tierney

Arsenal vs Tottenham: Match Preview

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.

Team News:

Arsenal:

Arsenal hope Martinelli will be fit for Sunday (Stu Forster/GettyImages)

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.

Tottenham:

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 vs Tottenham: Head to Head and Key Stats

  • Arsenal have a good historical record against Tottenham Hotspur and have won 86 out of the 207 matches played between the two teams, as opposed to Tottenham Hotspur's 67 victories.
  • Arsenal have won four of their last five matches against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League – as many victories as they had achieved in the 16 such games preceding this run.
  • Tottenham Hotspur have won only one of their last 30 matches away from home against Arsenal in the Premier League and are winless in their last 12 such games since a 3-2 victory in 2010.
  • Arsenal are looking to win three league matches on the trot against Tottenham Hotspur for the first time since a run of five victories between 1987 and 1989.

Predicted Line-ups:

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.

ARS vs TOT: Fantasy XI

Vicario; Porro, Romero, White, Saliba, Odegaard, Rice, Bissouma, Saka, Maddison, Son

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