Arsenal host Spurs this Sunday, and given the respective league positions of both teams it is set to be a feisty one when the two clash at the Emirates.
Spurs are riding high in the league thanks to a stellar backline having conceded a miserly five goals this season – the best defence in the league.
At the same time, Arsenal have been playing with a fluidity and poise which Arsene Wenger has only been able to dream of in previous years and there is a growing sense at Arsenal that their early league form could for once lead to a sustained title challenge.
The Gunners typically see their form dip during November. The north London derby may go some way to showing if that is likely again this season.
Champions League form has been a different story, however. Spurs have struggled for any level of form and currently sit third in their group on just four points. Arsenal, in stark contrast, have coasted to top of their group on ten points and having already played PSG away, their most daunting fixture of the group, they look set to secure a favourable draw in the last 16.
The diverging Champions League form has thrown up a statistic that will be music to the ears of Gunners fans as pointed out by Opta Stats.
4 – Mesut Özil (4) has scored twice as many Champions League goals this season as Tottenham Hotspur (2). Difference. pic.twitter.com/OyAeaTYw4M
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 3, 2016
Ozil has taken all the headlines after his stunning individual goal against Ludogorets, but it is the statistic above that should be more encouraging for the Emirates faithful than that one moment of genius.
Spurs fans will quickly point to their high intensity dismantling of Manchester City last month as evidence of their pedigree against other title contenders, but they will likely need to bring all that high pressing to the fore once again to have a chance of toppling Arsenal this weekend.
Colm Egan, Pundit Arena