Arsenal vs Tottenham Analysis
16:30 Kick Off
The latest edition of the North London Derby starts with Arsenal sitting two points above Tottenham in the Premier League. Arsenal manager Unai Emery has spent wisely over the summer and his big signings Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe could easily fire the Gunners to a Champions League spot their fans desire this season.
Arsenal may have been outclassed by an established Liverpool team last weekend, but Emery’s new signings showed plenty of promise against the Champions League winners and will surely continue to improve as the new players form a better understanding of each other. Arsenal also started the season brightly with wins against Newcastle and Burnley and, whilst those two wins were expected, Newcastle and Burnley have both performed creditably since.
Arsenal will have been especially pleased to have seen Newcastle beat Tottenham at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium last week and an Arsenal win here would see them put five points between themselves and their bitter North London rivals in the chase for a Champions League spot for next season.
It’s hard to know what to make of Tottenham so far. Mauricio Pochettino also strengthened his squad over the summer, but Spurs needed three late goals to beat Villa and were handed a point against Manchester City only thanks to an intervention by VAR. They then managed to turn 80% possession into just two shots on target and ultimately a 1-0 defeat against Newcastle last week.
The gut feeling is Arsenal have started the season better than Tottenham and have the potential to get even better as the season progresses. It’s also notable that Arsenal have won their last two at home against Tottenham, winning 4-2 last season and 2-0 the season before. Arsenal also had the third best home record in the Premier League last season, winning 14 of their 19 games.