Following the international break, the Premier League will resume with a thrilling North London derby on Saturday lunchtime at the Emirates, featuring Arsenal hosting Tottenham Hotspur.
On 18 September, when Arsenal defeated Brentford 3-0, newcomer Fabio Vieira scored the game-winning goal. William Saliba and Gabriel Jesus scored goals for the dominant Gunners in the first half.
Ending a four-game run without a clean sheet was also a sight for Mikel Arteta’s sore eyes. His Arsenal side demonstrated a ruthless streak that was absent in teams gone by, even if their only Big Six clash so far this season ended in a 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.
Although they have given up at least one goal in their past six Premier League victories at their home stadium, the hosts have won all six of those contests.
Arsenal PL Form: W W W W L W
After facing countless calls from Tottenham fans to drop the goalless Son Heung-min to the bench, Antonio Conte’s bold move paid dividends against Leicester City.
Son entered the game in the 59th minute. By the 86th, it was clear that he would be leaving with the match ball after his 13-minute hat-trick added to goals from Harry Kane, Eric Dier, and Rodrigo Bentancur to help the team win 6-2.
The Lilywhites recovered flawlessly from their Champions League setback at Sporting Lisbon against Leicester. Still, the Emirates is not their preferred hunting ground. Only two of their last seven competitive away games have resulted in victories.
Spurs PL Form: D W W D W W
Son Heung-min has been directly involved in six goals in his last five games 🆚 Arsenal (4 ⚽️, 2 🅰️)
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Mohamed Elneny (hamstring), Emile Smith Rowe (groin), and Cedric Soares (knee) will undoubtedly be out for Arsenal.
There is hope that Kieran Tierney, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Thomas Partey will overcome their physical issues in time to play.
Takehiro Tomiyasu, who was released from Japan due to “club circumstances,” is also expected to play. Martin Odegaard, who overcame a knock to play for Norway during the international break, is expected to drop Vieira to the bench.
Hugo Lloris, Tottenham’s starting goalkeeper, withdrew from France service with a thigh injury. It is presently unknown whether he will be able to play this weekend.
Conte would also hope for Ben Davies (knee) and Lucas Moura (tendon) to be healthy and available.
Ivan Perisic, forced to leave Croatia’s match during the international break after a violent challenge from teammate Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, has also been given the all-clear. However, Dejan Kulusevski is rumored to have returned to England with a hamstring injury.
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Xhaka, Partey; Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli; Jesus
Tottenham’s possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Romero, Dier, Lenglet; Perisic, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon; Richarlison, Kane, Son
Back stronger, Emile ❤️
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 29, 2022
Head to Head
With 205 games played between the two sides, Arsenal has a strong record against Tottenham Hotspur, winning 84 of those games to Spurs’ 67.
Arsenal has defeated Tottenham Hotspur in their last two Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal has only lost once in their last 29 Premier League home games against Tottenham Hotspur. They have also gone 11 games without a loss versus Spurs at the Emirates.
Time, Date & Venue
Date: 01 October 2022
Time: 12:30 pm, BST
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London
Under Mikel Arteta, Arsenal gained prominence, and they have a young team this season. Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Jesus, among others, have so far demonstrated leadership. Still, they will be put to the test on Saturday.
Under Antonio Conte, Tottenham Hotspur has been a strong team. It is in an excellent position to finish in the top four this year. Due to how evenly matched both sides are, a draw this weekend is possible.