Big Match Focus: Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham will want to prove that the tide truly has turned with a big performance against their fierce north London rivals at the Emirates on Saturday.

Premier League
Date: 18 November 2017
Match Day 12
Kick-off: 14H30 local time
Venue: Emirates Stadium

Referee: M. Dean
Assistants: I. Hussin, E. Smart
Fourth official: K. Friend

Head-to-head summary

Arsenal 167 68 47 52
Tottenham Hotspur 167 52 47 68

Previous encounter

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Arsenal 30/04/17 (Premier League)

Tottenham goalscorers: D. Alli (55′), H. Kane (Pen 58′)

Players to watch

Alexandre Lacazette has six goals in 11 games for the Gunners and continues to be a shining light for Arsene Wenger in a season of mixed results that has left Arsenal in sixth place, some 11 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City – although just four points behind second-placed Manchester United.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane remains their man of the moment despite being surrounded by an in-form group of players ready to leave their mark on Arsenal. Kane has eight goals in 10 games, but Deli Alli has three, while Christian Eriksen, back after his World Cup exploits, may still have a taste for goals, after his recent hat-trick for Denmark.

Team form and manager quotes

Arsenal last lost 3-1 to Manchester City following a 0-0 draw with Red Star Belgrade. They had won 10 out of 12 in all competitions prior to that, only dropping points in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea before losing 2-1 to Watford.

Spurs, come into this match three places and four points better off than Arsenal, in third, having won their last two games, 3-1 against Real Madrid and 1-0 over Crystal Palace, after previously losing 3-2 to West Ham in the League Cup and 1-0 to Manchester United, that followed six wins and one draw, in their first clash with Real.

Ahead of the game, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said his side do not head into Saturday’s game as underdogs.

“No, not at all,” he said. “Tottenham are a good side but we have the quality to win this game and that’s what we want to show.

“At home we have been very strong and our home strength will certainly be vital to decide where we finish at the end of the season.”

Mauricio Pochettino told the Spurs website: “Always in your mind you’re preparing in the last two weeks, thinking about Arsenal and what that game means for our fans and for everyone.

“Always the feelings are good. It’s exciting to play a derby against Arsenal, the most important thing now is for the team to try to be ready after the international break, all in the same condition and a good condition to try to be competitive.

“For us, every game is there to make a statement, to try to win, to play well. Of course, when you go to play at the Emirates against Arsenal, always in your mind is to try to win and play better than your opponents. It’s a massive game, an important game and it means more than three points.”

Team news

Shkodran Mustafi and Danny Welbeck will be assessed on Friday, but Laurent Koscielny is available after an Achilles injury. Olivier Giroud is out with a muscle injury.

Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama are sidelined for Spurs but Harry Winks, Harry Kane and Dele Alli are all expected to return to action. Erik Lamela will be assessed ahead of this tie.