Arsenal are currently leading the fight for a top 4 finish, being 4 points ahead of Spurs with just 3 games remaining. Arsenal have also carried some good form with them recently, winning all of their last 4 games whilst also scoring at least 2 goals.
Tottenham, on the other hand, haven’t had the results they’d have been hoping for, with just 2 wins in their last 5 games, those coming against Aston Villa and Leicester City.
The North London Derby is one of the most fierce in world football, with a passionate rivalry and hatred between the Lilywhite’s and the Gunner’s fans. The players also seem to have the passion in these fixtures, accumulating a massive 227 yellow cards and 13 red cards in the Premier League era.
Home advantage seems to play a massive part in this fixture, with no away side taking a victory away since December 2018, where Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli scored to take Spurs through to the EFL cup semi-final. Since the start of 2011 there has been just 3 away wins in this derby in all competitions, which will give Spurs a certain boost in confidence that they can move within one point of Arsenal.
Tottenham’s front 3 are on fire at the moment, particularly January loanee Dejan Kuluzevski. The Swiss man has contributed to 11 goals in 15 appearances since his arrival in North London, which will be a definite concern for the Gunner’s defence who’ve let in 42 Premier League goals this season. Son too is on great form, pushing Salah for the Golden Boot and outscoring Spurs Talisman Harry Kane this season.
It is unknown as to whether Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka will be available to start this game after being taken off in the 2nd half versus Leeds on the weekend. Manager Mikel Arteta told the press, ‘it’s very difficult to rate with injuries’ when asked on the England international’s chance of playing. Arsenal also have Thomas Partey and Ben White out of the derby, with Spurs to be without Japhet Tanganga, Matt Doherty, Oliver Skipp and Sergio Reguillon for the foreseeable future.
An Arsenal win tonight would see their Champions League return sealed for next season, the first time in doing so since the 2016/17 season under Arsene Wenger. This North London Derby is an all of nothing match for both clubs and is certain to create some fierce and spectacular atmosphere throughout North London.
Spurs v Arsenal head to head results
|02 Dec 2018||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||4-2||Premier League|
|02 Mar 2019||Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal||1-1||Premier League|
|01 Sep 2019||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||2-2||Premier League|
|12 Jul 2020||Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal||2-1||Premier League|
|06 Dec 2020||Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal||2-0||Premier League|
|14 Mar 2021||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||2-1||Premier League|
|26 Sep 2021||Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur||3-1||Premier League|