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The battle for London

Last updated: November 2, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 4pm
Venue: The Emirates Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WLWWW
Away form: WWLDD
Last season: 1-1
Competition: The Premier League

Both, Arsenal and Tottenham continued with their great performance in The Premier League. The Gunners smashed Swansea City 3-0 at The Liberty Stadium and are now sharing first place with Manchester City. In the first half Arsenal couldn’t find a way through The Swans defence, but The Gunners were completely transformed after the break. In the 49th minute Oezil took a corner kick and Giroud managed to find the net with a header and scored goal number 2,000 for Arsenal under the guidance of Arsene Wenger. Then Koscielny and Campbell scored to secure the victory for their team.

On the other hand, Tottenham didn’t have any problems against Aston Villa on Monday and recorded a comfortable 3-1 victory at White Hart Lane. Spurs haven’t lost a single Premiership game for 10 matches. Their only defeat this season was on the opening day, when they lost 0-1 to Manchester United.

This fixture is maybe one of the most unpredictable matches in The Premier League. In the history of the games between these two teams there has been 68 wins for Arsenal, 44 draws and 51 Tottenham victories.


Team News

Theo Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain received injuries against Sheffield Wednesday in The Capital One Cup and Joel Campbell is expected to start again on the flank.

Jack Wilshere is still not recovered from his fibula fracture injury and is expected to be back on the pitch in December.

Danny Welbeck is suffering from a knee injury. The striker is going to return to full training within a month.

Heung-Min Son is suffering from an ankle injury and won’t be fit for the visit to The Emirates Stadium. Fazio is also missing for this match.

Quotes of the week

arsenen wenger from arsenal Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) : “Is the dentist here? More injuries, yes!”

Mauricio Pochettino coach Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) : “Dele Alli always looked like a star.”


Expected line-ups:

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Arsenal (4-1-4-1): Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Oezil, Sanchez, Campbell, Cazorla, Giroud.
Subs Macey, Gibbs, Chambers, Debuchy, Flamini, Gabriel, Iwobi
Injured: Rosicky, Wilshere, Welbeck, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ospina, Ramsey, Walcott
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Tottenham (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Vertonghen, Rose, Alderweireld, Walker, Dier, Dembele, Alli, Eriksen, Lamela, Kane
Subs Mason, N’Jie, Davies, Vorm, Bentaleb, Townsend, Trippier.
Injured: Son, Pritchard, Chadli, Fazio, Carroll
Doubtful:
Not available:

Key Battle

olivier giroud Olivier Giroud this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
5 (6) 531 6 2,8 0 0 1 0
harry kane Harry Kane this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
11 950 5 3,6 0 2 1 0

So far this season

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Arsenal this season Tottenham this season
2 League Position 5
3 (5) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (2)
5-2 vs. Leicester Biggest win 5-1 vs. Bournemouth
1 (0) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (2)
1 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 0 (1)
0-2 to Chelsea and West Ham Biggest Defeat 0-1 to Manchester United
Sanchez, Giroud (6) Top scorer Kane (5)
Oezil (9) Assist Leader Eriksen, Lamela (3)
Y12, R2 Discipline Y26, R0
3 Failures to score 3
6 Clean Sheets 4
3 Both Teams to Score Games 6
6 Over 2.5 Games 5
5 Under 2.5 Games 6
  • The last Tottenham Premiership victory against Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium was five years ago. The Gunners were leading 2-0, but eventually lost 2-3.
  • Tottenham lost 1-2 to Arsenal in the last game between these two teams; The Capital One Cup. Flamini scored twice and sent his team into the next round of the competition.
  • Olivier Giroud is the man in top form for Arsenal. The Frenchman scored 4 goals in the team’s last 5 matches.
  • Tottenham’s striker, Harry Kane, bagged 4 goals in Spurs last 2 games. He scored twice against The Gunners last season when Tottenham won 2-1 at White Hart Lane.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
23/09/15 The Capital One Cup Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal Flamini 26′
07/02/15 The Premier League Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal Özil 11′
27/09/14 The Premier League Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham Chadli 56′
16/03/14 The Premier League Tottenham 0-1 Arsenal Rosický 2′
04/01/14 The FA Cup Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham Cazorla 31′