Match Preview: Arsenal Vs Spurs

Arsenal will be hoping to maintain their strong home record against Tottenham in the season’s first north London derby on Sunday.

The Gunners have lost just one of the last 26 meetings with Spurs at home in all competitions, winning 15 of those games.

Tottenham’s only win at Arsenal in the last 23 years came in November 2010 when Younes Kaboul netted a late winner in a 3-2 victory.

Arsenal are currently in stunning form, winning 11 of their last 12 matches in all competitions while Tottenham are enduring a tough run of results.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have failed to win any of their last six matches in all competitions, but are only three points off top spot in the Premier League.

Despite the winless run, this is Tottenham’s best ever start to a Premier League season and they are the only team in the league that are unbeaten (five wins, five draws).

Team news

Hector Bellerin is expected to return for Arsenal after he limped out of training on Monday with a minor knock.

The Spanish full-back was not part of the Champions League squad that travelled to Bulgaria to play Ludogorets on Tuesday.

Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal are also close to full fitness after injuries but will face late fitness tests ahead of the match. Kieran Gibbs suffered a shoulder injury in midweek and will also be assessed.

Pochettino has confirmed that Toby Alderweireld is out of the derby, but Harry Kane will be in the Tottenham squad.

Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela are both rated doubtful while Moussa Sissoko will also be unavailable as he serves the final game of his suspension.

Eric Dier is likely to continue at centre-back alongside Jan Vertonghen.

(Sky Sports)

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