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Arsenal V Tottenham: Everything You Need To Know For The North London Derby

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Erik Lamela of Tottenham Hotspur has his shorts pulled by Hector Bellerin of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on March 5, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Arsenal take on Tottenham on Sunday in a hotly-anticipated north London derby at the Emirates.

The Gunners have not lost a Premier League game (or a game in any competition for that matter) since their opening day defeat to Liverpool, while Mauricio Pochettino’s side are going through something of a serious wobble having gone without a win in their last six games in all competitions.

The last remaining unbeaten record in the Premier League is on the line on Sunday – should Tottenham lose to their fiercest rivals, they will lose vital ground on the top four.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal and Mauricio Pochettino manager of Tottenham Hotspur shake hands prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on March 5, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

The Absentees

Arsenal first, where the only guaranteed absentees are Lucas Pérez, Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck. However, Arsene Wenger is faced with a number of injury doubts. Héctor Bellerín has declared himself fit to play but may not be risked, while Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal are all in the same boat having missed the midweek Champions League victory at Ludogorets through injury.

One or more of those named might play, but starting all four would be a risk.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Theo Walcott of Arsenal (L) watches the ball while George Friend of Middlesbrough (R) attempts to chase him down during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Middlesbrough at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

For Tottenham, meanwhile, the big news is that Harry Kane is back in the squad after an absence of almost two months, and while Pochettino is wary of thrusting the England international back into the starting lineup, Kane will be raring to go after such a long time out.

Toby Alderweireld has not recovered in time, while it was confirmed on Saturday that Érik Lamela will miss out with a hip injury. Mousa Dembélé is an injury doubt while £30m signing Moussa Sissoko is serving the final game of his three-match ban.

The dearth of options in midfield could see a first Premier League start for one of Harry Winks, Tom Carroll or Josh Onomah.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur (C) shoots during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at White Hart Lane on October 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The Likely Starting Lineups:

With so many players either out or doubts, choosing probable starting lineups is not an easy task. However, the two sides could possibly like out like this (assuming Wenger takes a few gambles):

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerín, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs, Coquelin, Elneny, Walcott, Özil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Dier, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Son, Dele, Eriksen, Kane

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspu celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland at White Hart Lane on September 18, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Head-To-Head Record:

The record between these two recently has tended to be rather even. Interestingly, Pochettino has never lost a north London derby in the league, drawing three and losing one, while Wenger has never gone five consecutive matches against Tottenham without a win.

The last two league matches between Arsenal and Spurs at the Emirates have both ended in a 1-1 draw, with the overall historical record between two at the Emirates/Hughbury reading:

Played: 83  Arsenal Wins: 42  Tottenham Wins: 19  Draws: 22

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal is tackled by Kevin Wimmer of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on March 5, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

The Verdict: 

Form may go out the window in a derby setting, but it’s still hard to envisage a first Tottenham win at the Emirates since November 2010. Spurs’ recent results have been indifferent and they don’t seem particularly confident of late.

Arsenal, in contrast, seem positively buoyant lately and are genuinely enjoying themselves for the first time in a long time.

It’s hard to know how fit some of Arsenal’s starters will be, or indeed how much of an impact the returning Kane can make, but a home win is on the cards it both teams play to current form.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.