Following to pave way for the last set of international matches to be played before the World Cup, the Premier League resumes play on Saturday. A rather packed weekend with lots of action will begin at the Emirates Stadium with a north London rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham set to usher fans back in the mood following the hiatus.
With 18 points from seven games, the Gunners are in first place and will hope to temporarily establish a four-point gap with a win over their fiercest rivals. Before the break, Mikel Arteta's men marched into another London derby and came out on top by scoring three unanswered goals against Brentford. It was far from a real test for the Emirates outfit with William Saliba, Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Viera getting their respective names on the scoresheet.
Bar the disappointing 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at the beginning of September, Arsenal have gone on an impressive 12-game winning streak across all competitions. Against Spurs, they will aim to build on the momentum and put together another top display with the other title contenders breathing down their necks.
However, the clash is expected to be anything but a walk in the park for Mikel Arteta and his brigade as the opponent they come up against has shown enough promise in the campaign thus far. After seven matches, Tottenham Hotspur sit in third position on the league table with 17 points, unbeaten with five wins and two draws to their name.
They enter the early kick-off game on the back of a massive 6-2 win against Leicester City. Heung-min Son will particularly eye a starting berth at the Emirates with his confidence at an all-time high after hitting a 14-minute hat-trick as a substitute against the Foxes.
With just a point separating the two London rivals, the upcoming encounter is certainly one to keep an eye on.
Team news: Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal are hoping to have Kieran Tierney available for selection after he withdrew from Scotland's squad prematurely. The full-back had his appearance cut short after suffering a head injury against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday.
Thomas Partey and Takehiro Tomiyasu also returned from international duty earlier than expected. Oleksandr Zinchenko (calf) remains a doubt while Mohamed Elneny is expected to sit out the game with a hamstring injury. Emile Smith Rowe is unavailable for selection after undergoing surgery.
Meanwhile Spurs are aiming to receive positive news in relation to Hugo Lloris who who pulled out of France's squad with a thigh injury. Ben Davies was absent during the win over Leicester while the availability of Lucas Moura also remains questionable.
Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur key stats
Arteta has won both of his home games in charge against Tottenham. Only two managers in Arsenal's history have won each of their first three – George Morrell (1909-1911) and Terry Neill (1977-1979).
As well as being the highest-scorer in north London derby history with 13 goals, Harry Kane has scored more Premier League goals against Arsenal than any other player.
Son has been directly involved in six goals in his last five games against Arsenal (4 goals, 2 assists).
Spurs have lost two of their last three league meetings with Arsenal, as many as they had in their previous 13 (W5 D6).
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 11 games against Tottenham at the Emirates since a 3-2 loss in November 2010.
Only once have Spurs remained unbeaten in their first eight games of a Premier League campaign, doing so in 2016/17.
Broadcast information: Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal vs Tottenham Hotspur Broadcast Information
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