It's Mauricio Pochettino's first experience of a North London derby as his Tottenham side make the short trip to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal, as both sides look for some early-season bragging rights.
To be played on Saturday 27th September 2014 at 17:30. Venue: Emirates Stadium, London.
Odds: Arsenal 4/5, Draw 3/1, Tottenham Hotspur 17/4
Last season: 1-0
Preview & injury news
Indifferent starts for both sides overall this season, and both will be desperate to get one over on their local rivals. Arsenal are currently unbeaten in the Premier League having won two and drawn three of their opening five games which sees them five four points off league leaders Chelsea at this early stage of the season. However, they suffered a setback in the League Cup against Southampton as they lost 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium. Their opponents beat Nottingham Forest in midweek to keep themselves in contention for that particular prize. Pochettino's men currently trail their local rivals by two points in the table, and will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to West Bromwich Albion last weekend.
On the injury front, Nacho Monreal could return for the home side after a back injury. They are still without Yaya Sanogo with a hamstring problem, with Serge Gnabry and Theo Walcott not expected to return for around another month or so. Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud are both expected to be out until December with an ankle injury and a broken leg respectively.
Tottenham have significantly fewer injury worries with Kyle Walker sidelined with a pelvis problem that has been troubling him for some time.
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The statistics suggest that both sides like to control the game given their average possession statistics, and that Arsenal look after the ball a little better with a slightly higher percentage of both accurate passes and possession itself. However, they do suggest Arsenal are a little more error prone at the back, and that the visitors are a better side at tackling - but that's countered by Arsenal's seemingly stronger attacking threat.
5 players to watch
Alexis Sanchez - Sanchez is really starting to find his form for the Gunners now, and this huge derby probably couldn't come at a better time for Arsenal fans and the Chilean. Will he mark his first appearance against Tottenham with a goal?
Erik Lamela - The Argentine appears to be improving and becoming more of a key player under Mauricio Pochettino after struggling with both form and injuries during his first season at Spurs. This will be the perfect game for him to make his mark in.
Calum Chambers - In a defence struggling for numbers at the moment, Chambers is going to have to put in a big performance. So far, he seems to have settled in well at Arsenal, and another fine performance here will see his stock rise further.
Younes Kaboul - Tottenham's defending has come in for a bit of criticism lately, and their newly appointed captain will be looking to sort it out, and improve his own form. They can't afford any mistakes in one of their biggest fixtures of the season.
Jack Wilshere - Wilshere is always a player to watch in this fixture. His drive and technical ability can be a joy to watch at times, and in games like this he really needs to produce his best.
Last time they met
Tottenham 0-1 Arsenal, Premier League, March 2014
The decisive goal in this game came within two minutes of the kick off as a wonderful strike from Tomas Rosicky gave Arsenal all three points at White Hart Lane. The visitors didn't have it all their own way as they had to withstand some Tottenham pressure. But the win for Arsenal meant they were still well in contention for the Premier League title going into the business end of the season.