It’s the North London Derby!
After a successful return to the grandest competition in club football, Arsenal return to domestic football to take on their most bitter rivals.
Fresh off a 4-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League group stage, the Gunners return to the Emirates to take on Tottenham Hotspur in an early yet critical North London Derby. Both clubs sit close to the top of the Premier League table, and a victory for either side would go a long way in both club’s aspirations this season.
3 things to look out for when Arsenal host Tottenham in North London Derby
Here are three things to watch when Arsenal take on Spurs.
1. Can the goals continue from the Champions League?
It has not been the best start for the Gunners in the Premier League from a performance perspective, but Arsenal have managed to take 13 points out of 15. But if Arsenal are to challenge for the title like last season, they need to start scoring more goals.
Aside from a 3-1 victory against United (where two goals came in stoppage time) Arsenal’s margin for error has been slim winning the other three matches by one goal. While teams seem to play more defensively against the Gunners now, they must find a way to make life for themselves easier by scoring more goals.
Could the barrage of goals from Wednesday night at the Emirates foreshadow what’s to come? Four goals against a Dutch side who sit atop the Eredivisie table was an excellent return. Arsenal need to create chances and score more goals – Spurs should allow them to do so on Sunday. Even the United match was a closely contested one until Gabriel Jesus’ finish in the 98th minute. The Gunners haven’t had a chance to breathe in the Premier League. More goals will provide that relief.
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