The North London derby is always a captivating fixture whatever the context appears to be, and we can all expect another enticing encounter when the two come to blows on Sunday afternoon.

Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates in the last game of the weekend before the first international break of the season with points and bragging points on the line.

Tottenham have leapfrogged Arsenal as the best side in North London in recent years in terms of league finishes as well as reaching the Champions League final last season.

However, it’s a been a strange old start to the season for Mauricio Pochettino’s side and all avenues point towards an Arsenal win on Sunday.

A shock 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United last time out comes with the context of the club unsure of the futures of Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen with the European transfer window still yet to close.

Spurs’ record in away fixtures versus Arsenal is also notably poor, having only won two of their 27 Premier League trips to the Emirates, and Highbury before it.

Pochettino’s men have only taken 15 points from their last 15 league games, which as you have probably seen going around the socials this week – is relegation form.

So is the safe money looks to be on an Arsenal victory today.

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