Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur
England – Premier League
Start date: 01. Sep 2019, 20:30
Location: London Venue: Emirates Stadium
Referee: Martin Atkinson, England
The bitter rivals will know the pressure surrounding this game has intensified after both sides suffered their first defeats of the Premier League season last time out.
The Gunners were ruthlessly picked apart by Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening, while less than 24 hours later Newcastle stunned Spurs at home.
Given the significance of the fixture at any stage of the season, both Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino will be well aware a second successive defeat already at this stage of the season could be fatal.
While neither side can lay claim to having serious title ambitions, neither will want the chasm between the Reds and reigning champions Manchester City to widen any further.
What is the team news?
Arsenal have no new injury worries, with long-term absentees Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding still working their way back to full fitness. The latter is closest to a first-team return.
Left-back Nacho Monreal has been persistently linked with a move to Real Sociedad, and it remains to be seen if that transfer will be completed before the derby or delayed to allow Monreal one final Arsenal appearance.
Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira both started on the bench in Arsenal’s defeat at Liverpool, but are in contention to start should Unai Emery make changes.
Tottenham are hopeful Dele Alli can return to the matchday squad after his hamstring injury, but face a few selection dilemmas in defence.
Mauricio Pochettino has not selected Jan Vertonghen this season, but there is a growing expectation he could prove his fitness, while there are problems at right-back after Kyle Walker-Peters’ hamstring injury.
Serge Aurier could leave before Monday’s European transfer deadline day, so Moussa Sissoko or Eric Dier could fill-in.
Tottenham have only won two of their 27 Premier League away matches versus Arsenal, in May 1993 and November 2010.
Spurs won 2-0 at the Emirates in the League Cup last December. In all competitions, Spurs have won consecutive away matches at Arsenal just once, in 1925 and 1926.
The 18 penalties scored in this fixture is the joint highest in Premier League history along with Everton against Newcastle United.
This is the 186th north London derby. Arsenal have won 77 times, Tottenham 58 with 50 draws.
Current Arsenal squad is:
Forwards: Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Reiss Nelson, Tyreece John-Jules
Midfilders: Mesut Özil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Granit Xhaka, Sead Kolašinac, Calum Chambers, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pépé, Lucas Torreira, Mattéo Guendouzi, Joseph Willock, Gabriel Martinelli, Robbie Burton, James Olayinka
Defenders: Sokratis, David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Héctor Bellerín, Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding, Konstantinos Mavropanos
Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno, Emiliano Martínez, Matt Macey
Current Tottenham squad is:
Forwards: Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, Troy Parrott
Midfilders: Moussa Sissoko, Victor Wanyama, Christian Eriksen, Érik Lamela, Eric Dier, Lucas Moura, Dele Alli, Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso, Ryan Sessegnon, Tanguy Ndombélé, Oliver Skipp, Harvey White
Defenders: Danny Rose, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Ben Davies, Serge Aurier, Davinson Sánchez, Kyle Walker-Peters, Juan Foyth
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Paulo Gazzaniga