Arsenal v Tottenham: Five things to look at in the north London derby

The north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham is tipped to be one highlight of the round of matches this weekend and it’s easy to see why.

Both London clubs head into this fixture on the back of some stellar form with Tottenham dismantling Chelsea 3-1 last weekend and Arsenal claiming a hard-fought 2-1 away win over Bournemouth.

The Gunners sit in fifth place in the Premier League table and a win this weekend could see them leapfrog Chelsea into the top four.

Here are five things to watch out for in the north London derby…

Are Spurs back to their best?

Tottenham made an irresistible case last round with an impressive 3-1 victory over Chelsea at Wembley, conjuring up comparisons of their early season result against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Mauricio Pochettino has helped his side rediscover their attacking grove and the Spurs boss would have been pleased with the nature of the goals from Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli.

Spurs have won seven of their last eight matches in the top flight and the high tempo tactics could help the visitors to all three Premier League points at Emirates Stadium.

Mike Dean in the spotlight again

The appointment of referee Mike Dean will add another level of intrigue to the north London derby this weekend. Spurs fans haven’t forgotten Dean’s performance last season in a 2-0 loss to the Gunners.

Dean came in for plenty of criticism from Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino for allowing seemingly offside goals to Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez.

Arsenal have won the last three north London derbies under Dean including the last two at Emirates Stadium. In the last six games, Tottenham’s only win under Dean was back in 2011, in a 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane.

Has Emery stepped out of Wenger’s shadow?

The Arsenal boss has helped his side to a run of eleven games without defeat in the Premier League since a 3-2 loss to Chelsea in the second week of the 2018/19 season.

The former PSG boss has had some big shoes to fill with the departure of Arsene Wenger in the off-season and the future is beginning to look a little brighter for the Gunners.

Arsenal were able to secure a 2-1 win over an enthusiastic Bournemouth side last week but question marks remain over their defence and their ability to handle a top-four side.

Kane vs Aubameyang

The England captain was in the thick of the action last weekend finding the back of the net against Chelsea. Kane has seven goals for the season, and shares second place for the EPL Golden Boot Award, one goal behind Arsenal hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabonese striker has emerged as Arsenal’s best goal scoring hope since Thierry Henry.

Aubameyang found the back of the net last week against Bournemouth and will lead the line for the Gunners with Alexandre Lacazette carrying a groin injury.

Can Arsenal cope with Spurs high-tempo tactics?

The home side have come a long way this season under Emery but have struggled for a result against top four opposition.

Since a 3-2 loss to Chelsea in the second week of the competition, the Gunners shared a 1-1 draw with Liverpool and face a tough examination with a trip to Old Trafford to follow the home game against Spurs.

Tottenham were able to curb the influence of Jorghino and Kante for Chelsea last week, opening up plenty of space behind the defence for Kane, Son and Alli on the counter.

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