Date: 8th November 2015 at 12:37pm
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Arsenal host fierce rivals Tottenham in the 181st North London derby on Sunday afternoon, looking to maintain the pace with Manchester City.

Both sides have been in great form in the league, and this clash has the potential to be one of the most exciting matches so far this season.

The Gunners have been ruthless on their way to joint top spot in the Premier League, but showcased their frailties in the 5-1 midweek thrashing by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Spurs will look to exploit their rivals’ backline in a similar fashion but in the league, Arsenal actually have a great defensive record with only eight conceded all term.

Arsene Wenger normally enjoys Tottenham’s visits with Spurs only winning once in the last 25 attempts away at their rivals, while the Frenchman has also only tasted defeat seven times in 47 games in charge against club from White Hart Lane.

With the Gunners having scored at least two goals in their last five matches in the league, Mauricio Pochettino’s side will have to be at their best to take home all three points.

What will aid Tottenham’s task is the presence of Harry Kane. The 22-year-old grabbed another goal in the Europa League win against Anderlecht on Thursday to add to his four strikes in his last two league games.

Spurs have only lost two of their last 10 league matches away from the Lane and are undefeated in 10, with their only loss coming at Manchester United on the opening day of the season.

With the majority of his players now free of injury, Pochettino will be cursing the timing of the international break as his team are on a roll.

A win here would put his team to within two points of Arsenal, and in a great position to maintain a strong challenge for a top-four spot.

Team News

Arsenal will give Laurent Koscielny a late fitness test with the Frenchman the latest injury casualty at the Gunners.

Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Hector Bellerin, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky are all out, but Mikel Arteta could return to the bench after overcoming his ankle injury.

For the visitors, Danny Rose should be fit despite hobbling off in the win over Aston Villa.

Alex Pritchard and Nacer Chadli are the only definite absentees for Spurs with Clinton N’Jie and Nabil Bentaleb also likely to make the squad.

League Position:  Arsenal – 2nd (25 pts); Tottenham – 6th (20 pts)
Last Meeting: Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal, September 2015
Key Men: Arsenal – Alexis Sanchez; Tottenham – Harry Kane
Form: Arsenal – LWWWWW; Tottenham – WWDDWW
Shoot Says: Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham

 
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