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Spurs on the Charge, Arsenal on the decline?

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Spurs welcome Arsenal to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a traditional North London derby that has a lot of history. One of the longest running rivalries in London dating back to 1913, when the Gunners moved to the Arsenal Stadium at Highbury which was just four miles from White Hart Lane. Both sets of fans have a dislike for each other and this will be rekindled on Sunday afternoon. A fixture of this magnitude is bound to provide thrills and spills that most fans will look forward to. The good news ahead of this game is that 2000 fans will be allowed into the Hotspur Stadium, with the final details being ironed out to welcome them after well over 9 months away.

TEAM NEWS

Spurs expect Harry Kane, Sergio Regulion and Toby Alderweireld to be fit for a place in the team for Sunday’s derby. Erik Lamela is still sidelined as he steps us his recovery.

Arsenal are still without the services of summer signing Thomas Partey who is expected to train on Friday but may not be risked from the start. David Luiz will also be evaluated after that horror clash of heads with Wolves star, Raul Jimenez that left the Mexican with a fractured skull. Nicolas Pepe also remains suspended for this game.

EXPECTATIONS

Spurs and Arsenal come into this game with contrasting fortunes 10 games into the new season. Spurs sit joint-top of the PL and have enjoyed a period of resurgence under Portuguese tactician and three-time PL winner, Jose Mourinho. The Lilywhites have won four of their last five league games and have the best defence in the league. A win on Sunday will definitely see them remain in the top two and further cement their credentials as frontrunners for the coveted PL title. Spurs have looked good all-round despite some shaky performances across the first 10 games of the season. The form of Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane are key to their fortunes and both players will look to pick up against their North London rivals after being stifled against an in-form Chelsea last time out.

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The Gunners come into this game with just one thing in mind and will do everything to pick a win that his eluded them since 1st November when they beat Manchester United at Old Trafford. This winless run has seen them drop to 14th and created tension among supporters who feel the club are in decline after a seemingly false dawn with the FA Cup win.  The Gunners have scored just twice in their last 5 league games with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette all enduring an extended period of bad form. Turning the corner in this game will help the club’s fortunes with an eye on the busy Christmas period. Arteta will hope that his stars can pick up a win on the road and kick-start a run of good form. Many pundits are concerned that Arsenal are still in the same position they were with Unai Emery before he lost his job a little over a year ago and should this continue, Arteta may just find himself out of the job by the New Year.

Two rivals come into this game with the same target, a win. Spurs are in search of a win to preserve their top spot in the league while the Gunners are in need of a win to arrest the downward spiral. It is a relatively happy Mourinho and an unhappy Arteta, sending their charges out to battle not only for the 3 points but the bragging rights that comes with it. Until that game kicks-off, Spurs and Mou hold the bragging rights in North London

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