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Andre Villas-Boas takes his men to the Emirates as Tottenham face Arsenal for the north London derby in the second of the two big games to be played in the Premier League on Sunday. The first one is between the English champions Manchester United and Liverpool at Anfield.

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Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 4pm BST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD and radio commentary will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day 2 on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:25pm BST.


Arsenal come into this game after a 2-0 win over Fenerbahce during the Champions League qualifier at the Emirates in midweek. The Gunners won the two-legged tie 5-0 on aggregate to qualify for the group stage of Europe's elite club competition for the 16<sup>th year in a row.

However, Arsene Wenger and his side are having a disappointing time in the transfer market, with just over a day remaining before the window closes. They have signed Yaya Sanogo and the former Gunner Mathieu Flamini on free transfers while several of their key players are on the treatment table.

The Gunners lost the season opener 3-1 to Aston Villa at home, but have bounced back with three wins in all competitions. The previous two meetings at the Emirates saw Arsenal register a 5-2 win over their arch rivals and Wenger will hope to preserve his side's home record against Spurs.

Roberto Soldado

Spurs have added enough new faces to their squad to compensate for the imminent loss of star player Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. The White Hart Lane club have enjoyed a flawless start to the Premier League campaign, winning their first two games 1-0 against Crystal Palace and Swansea City.

Summer signing Roberto Soldado scored during the wins against Palace and Swansea, with both goals coming from the spot. On the European stage, AVB saw his side progress to the group stages of the Europa League with a crushing 8-0 (on aggregate) victory over Georgian side, Dinamo Tbilisi.

Spurs' lack of goals may be cause for concern, but their defence looks solid and is yet to concede a league goal in the league.

What the Managers Say

Arsene Wenger: "They [Tottenham] try very hard of course. That's normal. In our job, there is a technical risk when you buy more than three players always because you unbalance a little bit the stability of your squad. I know that in England it's very well seen but it's always difficult when you bring so many players in, how everybody will do to predict that."

Andre Villas-Boas: "We have the quality to go there [the Emirates] and win. I think we will set up to try to win the game and hopefully achieve the result we want. It is a different type of proposition on Sunday but it has special ingredients of a game that is unique in English football and full of emotion."

Team Form


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W L W
  • Last Result: Arsenal 2-0 Fenerbahce


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W W D
  • Last Result: Tottenham 3-0 Dinamo Tbilisi

Team News

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  • Injuries: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Mikel Arteta (thigh), Thomas Vermaelen (back), Abou Diaby
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscienly, Gibbs, Ramsey; Wilshere; Walcott, Rosicky, Cazorla; Giroud


  • Injuries: Gareth Bale (foot)
  • Doubtful: Emmanuel Adebayor, Aaron Lennon (foot), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (abdominal)
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; Paulinho, Capoue; Townsend, Demeble, Chadli; Soldado