The North London rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham is one that has defined the Premier League era. Such is the genuine animosity between fans and sometimes players, that this fixture is often explosive and, in recent years, highly significant.
Arsenal will have the chance to top the table with a win over their bitter local rivals, whereas Spurs will be looking to build on last weekend’s thumping win against Blackburn. If Tottenham’s key players can carry the confidence displayed in this season’s big European clashes, there is a real chance this Arsenal side may be toppled, as they have been vulnerable at the Emirates so far this season.
That Spurs have not yet won away against an established ‘top four’ club in seventeen years may suggest, however, that some of their players have shrunk a little on the big occasion. They will need buckets of self-confidence if they are to put right one of the worst records in the league.