Two sides coming off the back of their first defeats of the season last weekend, Arsenal will welcome bitter rivals Tottenham to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon with North London bragging rights on the line.
While Arsenal’s spirited display may have eventually seen them outclassed in their 3-1 defeat away at Anfield last Saturday, the Gunners have shown some real improvements after a big-spending summer and they have their sights still firmly set on securing a top-four return.
On the other side of North London, while Spurs may have also seen their unbeaten start come to an abrupt end in a shock 1-0 defeat at home to a struggling Newcastle, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have largely failed to get out of second gear since opening the 2019/2020 campaign earlier in the month.
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Positives to take out of defeat for Unai Emery
Despite seeing their 100% start to the new season blown away at Anfield last weekend, Arsenal were able to ask Liverpool a string of questions and Head Coach Unai Emery should be boosted by his side’s display.
“After 2-0 our reaction was good. We needed to attack and take a different moment in the match. We are disappointed we lost 3-1 but watching some players we can be optimistic.”
One man who really caught the eye and is expected to maintain his spot in the Gunners’ starting XI is summer arrival and record signing, Nicolas Pepe.
Costing Sunday’s hosts a fee of up to £73million after making the move from Lille last month, the winger is expected to complete an attacking trio along with a returning Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
You will be interested to know that Pepe can be found at 21/10 with Bet365 to score his maiden Premier League goal at the Emirates this weekend.
Elsewhere, despite being heavily criticized for giving away a sloppy penalty at Anfield on Saturday, David Luiz is also expected to reclaim his spot in Emery’s starting XI with the blossoming Rob Holding still fighting an injury issue.
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Tottenham’s sluggish start continues
Although the mood in Tottenham’s camp should have been on a high after snatching a dramatic point away at the Etihad a fortnight ago, Spurs have failed to build any real momentum.
Picking up just one win in their opening three contests and some way off mounting any kind of title charge, Spurs have gained a worrying reputation for their struggles on the road.
Tottenham have failed to win any of their last seven Premier League matches on the road, losing six of those contest.
If Tottenham are to win their first top-flight matchup at the Emirates in four years, then Spurs’ Argentinian boss will be looking for Harry Kane to refined his form after bagging two against Villa on the opening weekend.
Remarkably scoring nine of Tottenham’s last 12 Premier League goals against their bitter rivals, the England skipper is pencilled in at 11/10 to carry on his derby record on Sunday.
Elsewhere, Pochettino has a real selection headache on his hands ahead of their trip across North London.
With record-signing Tanguy N’Dombele ruled out of last weekends defeat against Newcastle, the midfielder is set to be joined on the sidelines by full-back Kyle Walker-Peters.
Picking up a hamstring injury, Spurs may be forced to give either Moussa Sissoko or Eric Dier a run-out at right-back.