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Arsenal v Tottenham: The early favourites

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Walcott gliding past Vertonghen (©GettyImages)
Walcott gliding past Vertonghen (©GettyImages).

As the first Premier League derby gets underway, every football fan will be keeping an eye out on the battle in north London.

Arsenal host their rivals Tottenham Hotspur and the result could justify who gets into the top four at the end of the season.

A shaky start against Aston Villa at the Emirates left Arsenal down three points down to their rivals. However, even though Tottenham clinched three points, it wasn't the best of performances against newly promoted Crystal Palace. The score was just 1-0 scored by a new signing Roberto Soldado.

The first game against these teams last year was held at the Emirates; the score being a whopping 5-2 to Arsenal.

All three of Arsenal's signings scored that day with Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski all getting their names on the score sheet. Arsenal are yet to make any signings in the summer 2013 transfer window.

With just two weeks remaining, Arsene Wenger will have to pull off a magic trick if he is to sign a big name soon. With so many Arsenal targets flushed away, including Luis Suarez, Luiz Gustavo and Gonzalo Higuain, Arsenal's dreams of reliving their glory days are becoming very slim.

Tottenham on the other hand have spent a great deal of money in great investments to improve their team.

It is highly likely so much has been spent in order to replace the position of Gareth Bale and what he brought to the club.

A move to Real Madrid looks inevitable and with the money that the sale of Bale gives them, Tottenham could well be favourites over Arsenal in the odds to get Champions League. In which, Arsenal's only response is to also spend big and quickly.

Comparing the current teams the battle is fairly even and the only difference is that the Arsenal team have more experience in top level football, like the Champions League every year.

(ARS/TOT) = Who's better in that position based on last year's performances:

GK: Wojciech Szczęsny | Hugo Lloris (TOT)

RB: Carl Jenkinson | Kyle Walker (TOT)

CB: Bacary Sagna | Michael Dawson (TOT)

CB: Per Mertesacker | Jan Vertonghen (TOT)

LB: Kieren Gibbs | Assou-Ekotto (ARS)

RM: Theo Walcott | Aaron Lennon (ARS)

CM:  Aaron Ramsey | Moussa Dembele (TOT)

CM: Jack Wilshere  | Paulinho (ARS)

LM: Santi Cazorla | Nacer Chadli (ARS)

ST: Olivier Giroud | Roberto Saldado (ARS)

ST: Lukas Podolski | Jermain Defoe (ARS)

A number of Tottenham's likely line up are new singings are obviously impossible to compare to Arsenal's team, which carries more Premier League experience.

This experience could win the day for Arsenal and any signings made between now and then will only help their cause against fierce rivals Tottenham.

Topics:
Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur
Premier League
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