This 181st North London Derby could not have come at a better time. Arsenal and Tottenham are the two hottest teams playing in the English Premier League right now. Arsenal are tied for first place with Manchester City and have won their last five EPL games by a combined score of 16-3. Tottenham have been unbeaten in Premier League play since their first game of the season against Manchester United and are unbeaten in their last 10 EPL games.
This will no doubt be a pivotal game between two teams in whether or not they wish to achieve their objectives. Arsenal has their best chance to win the Premier League since 2008 and Tottenham can take advantage of Chelsea’s struggles and get into the top four and into the UEFA Champions League for the first time in four years.
Tottenham’s young star and possible future of the English National Team Harry Kane seems to have found his scoring boots. Out of his five goals in the Premier League this season, he has four goals in Spurs’ previous two games, including a hat trick against Bournemouth. Every game in which Kane has scored for Tottenham, they have scored no fewer than three goals. When he doesn’t score, Spurs could only muster two goals twice and neither of those games resulted in wins. If Tottenham is going to beat Arsenal, Harry Kane is going to be the catalyst of the team.
For Arsenal, they have the reinforcements to be able to score many goals for Arsenal. Both Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez have six goals as well as five clean sheets so far this season. And with Arsenal having one foot in their Champions League grave this season, and Manchester City facing Aston Villa this weekend, Arsenal is pretty much going to have to win in order to keep up with City and maybe concentrate on the Premier League for success this season.
All of this intrigue, hype and buildup and we never even got to the rivalry aspect of this. And that part shouldn’t be ignored, these two teams despise each other and has been for 106 years. We even saw that earlier this season when Arsenal fans were tearing down White Hart Lane signage when Arsenal beat Spurs 2-1 in the Capital One Cup. So who wins Sunday morning? I hate to go down the middle and predict a draw but that is looking like that is the way it is going. This game has the makings of a 1-1 draw and we can all hope, an entertaining game.