After matchday day 7, Arsenal are table-toppers and they have a date against arguably their bitter rivals from the same city Tottenham.
While Arsenal have surprised most pundits with their current position and how they have been able to grind out results, the game against unbeaten and third placed Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium will be proper test to Arsenal ambition this season. With just 6 wins out of seven games, Arsenal’s supporters are still nervous about how their side will be able to manage relatively stiffer opposition because Arsenal’s only loss so far came in a game when they were visitors at Manchester United.
Tottenham will be motivated to continue their recent successes over Arsenal where they have had three wins in the last five derby games. Spurs manager, Antonio Conte has brought a new belief and hunger for success at a club that have cheekily being referred to as “bottlers” by rival fans. Harry Kane has scored handful of goals for Spurs while Korean attacker came from the bench to score a thirteen-minute hat-trick against Leicester.
There are injury worries for both clubs going into Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff. Thomas Partey sustained a knee injury during international commitments with Ghana while Emile Smith Rowe is out for a fairly long time. Kieran Tierney was said to have suffered a knock while with Scotland and Mohamed Elneny will be unavailable for this fixture. Spurs will could be be missing the services of Dejan Kulusevski, Ben Davies and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
For the first North London derby of the season, a lot is at stake because a win for Spurs will make them snap up top spot while for Arsenal to win, The will further prove that they should be taken more seriously in the current Premier League campaign.