Arsenal vs Tottenham on Sky: Xhaka, Lucas back, Bergwijn out

Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Arsenal vs Tottenham in the Premier League on Super Sunday; kick-off 4.30pm.

Team news

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has a fully-fit squad to choose from for Sunday’s Premier League north London derby clash with Tottenham.

Granit Xhaka is available having served a three-match ban following his red card at Manchester City before the international break.

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes the Premier League is the strongest it has ever been ahead of this weekend’s North London Derby against Tottenham

Fellow midfielder Mohamed Elneny (hamstring) is fit with Arteta likely to recall his big hitters having made 10 changes for the midweek Carabao Cup win over AFC Wimbledon.

Tottenham are still without Steven Bergwijn.

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Tottenham head coach Nuno Espirito Santo says his side’s derby clash with Arsenal on Sunday – live on Sky Sports – is more than ‘just another game’

The winger has an ankle injury and boss Nuno Espirito Santo does not yet know how long he will be out for.

Lucas Moura returns after a knock but Ryan Sessegnon’s hamstring injury keeps him out.

How to follow

Sunday 26th September 4:00pm

Kick off 4:30pm

Sky Sports Premier League HD
Sky Sports Premier League HD

Arsenal vs Tottenham is live on Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm; kick-off 4.30pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle

Last time out…

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Jones Knows Prediction

Mikel Arteta is now in a place of calm and tranquillity at Arsenal. Managers get to that place when knowing exactly what his best starting XI is and are able to pick it consistently.

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Tottenham trained together on Friday as they prepare to face rivals Arsenal in the north London derby on Sunday

Three wins across all competitions without conceding certainly has put a spring in the step of everyone around the club and has got me firmly in the camp of wanting to back them at the prices available (6/5 with Sky Bet) this weekend. Meanwhile, Tottenham can count themselves lucky to have nine points on the board. An expected goals figure of just 4.42 is the worst in the Premier League and points to a clear problem with their ability to create chances. That simply isn’t good enough when you have arguably the world’s best striker in your ranks.

I’m all for the home win.

The Emirates stage is firmly set for Emile Smith Rowe to showcase his talent on Super Sunday – he is a huge price in the various goalscorer markets considering the positions he’s taken up this season in a very advanced role off the main striker for Arsenal.

The 21-year-old has been one of the shoots of hope for Arsenal this campaign and could quickly become their main dangerman across all markets if finding a bit of form in front of goal. He has yet to command respect in the goalscorer markets, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang taking up a huge chunk of the percentages. To my eye, his overall sharpness in and around the box is nowhere near the electric levels we have been accustomed to seeing. Meanwhile, Smith Rowe has posted an expected goals figure of 0.68 this season from his seven shots.

A continuation of these types of numbers should result in Smith Rowe troubling the scorers at regular intervals this season. And confidence should be flowing a bit more after opening his account for the season off the bench against AFC Wimbledon in midweek. His prices of 12/1 to score first and 9/2 anytime are worth following. As is the 7/1 for Arsenal to win with him scoring in the match.


Opta stats

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Alan Smith says both Arsenal and Tottenham are in desperate need of a win when the pair face in this weekend’s North London Derby at The Emirates

  • Arsenal beat Spurs 2-1 in this exact fixture in March – they’ve not won consecutive league games against Tottenham since doing the double over their rivals in the 2013-14 campaign.
  • Tottenham have won just one of their last 28 away league games against Arsenal (D11 L16), coming from behind to win 3-2 in November 2010.
  • Since consecutive 0-0 draws at Highbury in 1997-98 and 1998-99, Arsenal have scored at least once in each of their last 22 Premier League home games against Spurs.
  • After losing their first three league games by an aggregate score of 9-0 this season, Arsenal have won both of their last two by a 1-0 scoreline. They last won three in a row without conceding in July 2020, while they last had three consecutive 1-0 victories in August 2008.
  • After winning their first three league games all 1-0 this season, Tottenham have lost 3-0 in both of their last two, with both matches being London derbies. Spurs have never lost three consecutive league games by 3+ goals in their entire history.
  • Coming into this weekend’s games, Arsenal have used the most different players (26) and had the most starting XI changes (16) in the Premier League this season. The Gunners also have the youngest average starting XI so far in the top-flight this term (24y 328d).

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