Good morning and happy North London Derby day, everyone.
The first North London Derby of the season will be played at the Emirates, which is probably best for all involved, considering the state of Tottenham’s stadium. Arsenal and Spurs will be playing on somewhat short rest—both sides won their respective European games, Spurs against Inter Milan on Wednesday and Arsenal against Vorskla Poltava on Thursday—and they are separated by only three points in the Premier League table.
With a win today, the Gunners would pull level with Spurs on points and overtake them on goal difference, and Arsenal would love to bag some more points as they head into a busy December. What’s more, a win or a draw would extend their unbeaten streak to an incredible nineteen games in all competitions.
Arsenal’s injury list is short and unsurprising—Nacho Monreal is still out with his hamstring issue and Laurent Koscielny is still working his way back up to a Premier League level. The Gunners were able to rest a lot of their starters against Vorskla, so everyone else should be healthy and fully ready to play. Alexandre Lacazette, who missed a bit of time with a groin injury, was back in training yesterday and will be available today, and although Mesut Özil didn’t play in the previous league game against Bournemouth, Unai Emery may want him on the pitch for his creativity today.
Spurs will be without Kieran Trippier, Davinson Sánchez, Erik Lamela, Victor Wanyama, and Mousa Dembélé, with various knees, ankles, groins, and hamstrings.
WHAT: Arsenal vs. Tottenham
WHERE: Emirates Stadium, London
WHEN: Sunday, December 2, 6:05AM PST | 9:05AM EST | 2:05PM GMT
US TV: NBCSN
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