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Arsenal vs Tottenham: North London derby match prediction, team news, head-to-head, line-up, venue, date, where to watch

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs, two of the consistent teams in England this season, gear up for the first North London derby of the season, as the Gunners take on Spurs at the Emirates stadium, after a refreshing mid-week fixture in the Champions League, where Mikel Arteta’s men have smashed PSV Eindhoven 4-0 to embark their return in the European elite after six years.

A clash of the ages

Arsenal has been one of the top teams since last season. Owing to the likes of a formidable frontal attack comprising former Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus, who is accompanied by former Chelsea winger Kai Havertz and Belgian Leandro Trossard, and the midfield finesse of Norwegian star Martin Odegaard and English star boy Bukayo Saka, coupled with the strict vigil of former Gunners legend Mikel Arteta, Arsenal has seen a meteoric rise over the last couple of months. Narrowly missing out on the title last season to serial winners Manchester City, Arsenal has started well this season, standing on the fourth position with 13 points on the table, winning four and drawing one. Owing to their top-four finish last season, the Gunners have even qualified for a Champions League slot, and have blasted their return to UCL against PSV, when they mauled the Dutch giants 4-0 last night.

Tottenham, who had endured a tough mid-season blues at the end of last term, as they had to let go off their favorite striker, the legendary Harry Kane, who finished his Premier League career (for now) with 213 goals, and meticulously occupying the second position on the highest goal scorers list, 47 shy of former England legend Alan Shearer. Spurs boss Daniel Levy reluctantly let Harry Kane go off the block for Spurs, as Bayern kept persuading the English club with their humongous bids, and finally achieving their priority target. With a Champions League spot on sight, Levy wanted a change at helm, thus roping in Australian Ange Postecoglou for four years, who has previously managed Celtic FC. With Ange at the top and new recruits like Maddison on the block, Spurs have started off their season exceptionally well as they stand on a respectable second position, amassing 13 points in 5 games, closely behind leaders Manchester City. Combined with Son’s captaincy tactics and Ange’s eagle-vigil, Spurs are edging ahead of every club, as they come from a superb dying minute ending in their last game against Sheffield United, where Richarlison and Kulusevski combined to give Spurs their anticipated win, scoring two goals in stoppage time.

Arsenal vs Tottenham: team news

With a mouth-watering clash on the cards, both teams would brew something strong as they would love to field their strongest teams for the big match-up. Postecoglou and Arteta will be meeting for the first time, thus it will be a huge game in anticipation.

For the Gunners, Brazilian winger Gabriel Martinelli could be in doubt following a hamstring injury he picked up in the game against Everton, after his goal was disallowed in the initial minutes. As a result, Arteta will be sweating over his fitness as several crunch matches are lined up for the next few weeks. With Leandro Trossard an automatic started in his place, Arteta might go with the Belgian after he scored the solitary goal in a hard fought victory against Everton, as they emerged victorious in Goodison Park, a place where they have dreaded over the years. With David Raya on the starting line-up in place of England regular Aaron Ramsdale, few eyebrows were raised but Arteta has mentioned about rotating his keepers to stay in shape, as he said, “It’s something that has been historically done like this, but I cannot have two players like this in one position and not play them.”

For Postecoglou’s men, experienced Croatian international Perisic would be unavailable owing to an ACL tear, but they would look to keep up their unbeaten streak in the coming fixture. Lo Celso is set to return to the squad next week, meaning his unavailability with their trip to Emirates, as Bryan Gil, Bentancur continue to recuperate from their long-term injuries.

Arsenal vs Tottenham: predicted line-up

Arsenal: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Rice, Havertz; Saka, Jesus, Trossard

Tottenham: Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Sarr, Bissouma; Kulusevski, Maddison, Son; Richarlison

Arsenal vs Tottenham: predicted score

Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham

Arsenal vs Tottenham: head-to-head

Arsenal victories: 81

Tottenham victories: 61

Ties: 51

Last meeting: Tottenham 0-2 Arsenal

Arsenal vs Tottenham: Venue, Date, Time, Where to watch

Venue: Emirates Stadium

Date: 24th September, 2023

Time: 06:30 PM (Indian Standard Time)

Where to watch: Star Sports Network

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