The 194th North London Derby: A Show to Remember
This weekend’s Premier League schedule features the 194th North London Derby as its centrepiece. In one of the most eagerly awaited games of the season, Arsenal will visit Tottenham on Sunday. For anyone without a rooting interest, it’s usually one of the most exciting games of the year. The North London Derby is known for its dramatic performances. A 0-0 tie has not occurred between Arsenal and Tottenham since the 2008 matchup. In fact, more games have finished 5-2 than 0-0 in the 21st century.
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Last Season’s Notable Feat
Last season was notable because one team managed to win both home and away. Arsenal welcomes Spurs to the Emirates Stadium with manager Mikel Arteta bidding to match Terry Neill as the only Gunners bosses to win their first four home North London derbies. Ange Postecoglu, meanwhile, will be hoping to replicate the sort of success he enjoyed over an unwelcome neighbor, similar to his time with Rangers when in charge of Celtic.
How to Watch the Match
Date: Sunday, September 24
Time: 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET)
To catch all the action of the 194th North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham, make sure to tune in on Sunday, September 24, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Enjoy the game!
Location: Emirates Stadium, London
Live Stream: Peacock
Odds: Arsenal -154; Draw +333; Tottenham +350
Arsenal: While Arteta will be hopeful Gabriel Martinelli, who missed Friday’s practise, can recover from his hamstring injury in time to play in the derby, the attention will mostly be on who starts in goal rather than on the left flank. Since the international break, David Raya has started both games, which some worry might complete the circle of Aaron Ramsdale’s Arsenal career, who replaced Bernd Leno at a similar point two years prior.
For now, Arteta insists that he wants to rotate his goalkeepers, and he mentioned in his pre-match press conference that he had not decided who would start in the derby. Though Raya is undoubtedly the more skilled custodian and has a calmer head, don’t situations like this occasionally call for Ramsdale’s exuberance? If the latter is excluded from that team as well, there may be a change in leadership at the Emirates Stadium.
Tottenham’s Point of View
Tottenham: It would be difficult to suggest that Spurs’ frontline is lacking anyone with at least two goals in each of their five Premier League games thus far this season.
However, if there is a game where Harry Kane’s absence might be felt, it is this one. The England captain, who left for Bayern Munich this summer, is by some distance the North London derby’s leading scorer with 14 goals in just 17 top-flight encounters with his great rivals.
His absence from the team sheet will undoubtedly be welcomed by Arsenal, but Postecoglu was careful to recognise those remaining at Spurs for how they filled the void.
We made an effort to concentrate as a group on the future and the type of team we wanted to be. I’ve been extremely happy with how the guys have approached the challenge of making sure that we are a true offensive threat from every angle of our game, so that nobody notices a clear weakness there. However, you are still attempting to replace possibly the greatest player this team has ever had who was still contributing greatly. The potential for the vacuum to exist exists constantly, yet
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If Spurs continue to play in the same front-footed fashion they have shown so far this season, it could create chances aplenty for them… and even more for Arsenal. Arsenal might just shade a thriller.
PICK: Arsenal 3, Tottenham 2
In the grand tapestry of football rivalries, the impending clash between Arsenal and Tottenham in the 194th North London Derby promises to etch another indelible chapter in the annals of history. This forthcoming encounter is poised to further intensify the long-standing feud between these two footballing titans, as they vie for supremacy on the hallowed grounds of North London.
With both teams having their unique storylines and the absence of Harry Kane, it’s a match football fans won’t want to miss. Tune in to Peacock to catch all the action and see if Arsenal can secure their fourth consecutive home North London derby win.
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