Arsenal vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Saturday’s second big local derby takes place at the Emirates Stadium, as Arsenal meet Tottenham in the battle of North London.

Three Premier League draws in succession had Arsenal slipping behind the searing pace set by Chelsea at the top, but they responded well with a three-goal salvo at Aston Villa as the leaders dropped their first points at Manchester City.

It was a win which went some way to silencing the critics following the poor display in Dortmund in the Champions League, while the under-fire Mesut Ozil produced when he needed to, scoring before setting up Danny Welbeck for his much-needed first Gunners goal.

Tottenham have found themselves at loss to explain the sluggish performance against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, as they suffered their second defeat in three home league matches. Things looked to be heading the same way in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday and Championship leaders Nottingham Forest went in front at White Hart Lane, only for a wonder goal to spark a comeback.

Nevertheless, manager Mauricio Pochettino will still have reasons to be concerned with his side’s recent performances, particularly their lack of ruthlessness in front of goal. Victory here would be very special for Spurs, and their hopes could lie with Emmanuel Adebayor, who will not need firing up for this one.

Arsenal will be without Mathieu Debuchy for around three months with an ankle injury, while Olivier Giroud, Nacho Monreal, Serge Gnabry, Theo Walcott and Yaya Sanogo are also missing.

Kyle Walker again looks likely to be Tottenham’s only absentee, but striker Roberto Soldado could come into the reckoning after scoring in midweek.

See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on Arsenal v Tottenham

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