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Arsenal welcome arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur to the Emirates Stadium for a Premier League clash on Saturday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 5.30pm BST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Catch the highlights of the match on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:20pm BST.

Overview

Arsenal welcome Tottenham for the first North London Derby of the season. This is one of the most highly anticipated clashes of the Premier League season.

Arsenal come into this game following a mid-week loss to Southampton in the Capital One Cup, and will want to get back to winning ways ahead of a crucial week, which sees them face Galatasaray in the Champions League and travel to Stamford Bridge the following weekend.

The Gunners are still unbeaten in the Premier League and looked to have found their form in the previous game against Aston Villa, which they won 3-0.

Arsene Wenger will be hoping that his players step on the big occasion and take the game to the opposition. It is a crucial game, not only in terms of the points but also for the confidence a derby win gives the players. The Gunners are struggling on the injury front with a host of first team players out, the defence is the main concern at the moment with no backups available in case of an injury.

Tottenham Hotspur
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Meanwhile, Tottenham will come into this game hoping to end Arsenal's unbeaten start to the season and get their Premier League campaign back on track. Spurs did win their mid-week game against Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup, but are struggling to get a win in the Premier League.

Spurs started their season on a high following two impressive wins, but have not won a game following the 3-0 loss to Liverpool at home. And last time around they suffered a shock 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane.

Mauricio Pochettino made plenty of changes for the mid-week game, but will expect to name a strong lineup against the Gunners. Spurs do not have any injury concerns apart from long-term absentee Kyle Walker.

Arsenal have the upper hand when it comes to North London Derby's having won all three encounters last season.

What Managers Say

Arsene Wenger: "Are they defining points [on Saturday]? I don't know, but Tottenham has over the years had good players and a good team. To be on top of them of course means that you can fight for the top of the league. It's an important moment of the season and it has a meaning for everybody. Above all it's an opportunity for us to take points in the Premier League where every point counts."

Mauricio Pochettino: "We [the coaching team] arrived three months ago and we need to make our way but we are focused on the game and know the history. But it is also important to write the history, starting now. This is a big game, a tough game, I know. It is always an important game. We need to prepare for the game, to have a good performance and be aggressive."

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • Arsenal to win: 3/4
  • Draw: 37/13
  • Tottenham to win: 15/4

Team News

Arsenal

  • Injured: Sanogo (hamstring), Monreal (back), Debuchy (ankle), Giroud (ankle), Gnabry (knee), Walcott (knee)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Szczesny; Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta, Ramsey; Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez; Welbeck.

Tottenham

  • Injured: K Walker (groin)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Possible XI: Lloris; Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Capoue, Stambouli; Townsend, Eriksen, Lamela; Adebayor.