Arsenal and Spurs Highlights Premier League Match Day 4
The North London Derby Odds for Match Day 4
Seven kilometers and one point in the table separated Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal last season, with the latter far more important as the Spurs claimed the Premier Leagueâ€™s final Champions League spot at the expense of the Gunners, who were banished to the Europa League for a third straight campaign.
Yet the fierce north London rivals are plagued by identity crises heading into Sundayâ€™s showdown at the Emirates ahead of the first international break of the fall.
After not picking up any players in the previous two transfer windows yet still reaching the Champions League final last term, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy finally pulled opened the pursestrings this summer and landed Tanguy Ndembele and Ryan Sessegnon for a combined Â£80 million and added midfielder Giovani Lo Celso on loan from Real Betis.
Ndembele made an instant impact with a goal in his Lilywhites debut, and Lo Celso has come off the bench in the last two league matches, but both have been overshadowed by on-going saga of Christian Eriksen, who may be moved before Mondayâ€™s European transfer window close.
The Denmark international was a surprising omission from Mauricio Pochettinoâ€™s starting XI for the second time in three league matches, and the lack of creativity and cutting edge until his introduction after the hour loomed large in Tottenhamâ€™s 1-0 loss at home to previously winless Newcastle United.,
North London Derby Odds for Tottenham, Arsenal, and Draw
The defeat took the steam out of a valuable point gained against two-times champion Manchester City at the Etihad a fortnight ago and have made Spurs underdogs at +190 odds heading into the Emirates. Arsenal odds come in at +135 for the game while the North London Derby odds for a draw are +250.
Eriksen â€“ in the final year of his current contract with Spurs — is widely rumoured to be the fallback plan for Real Madrid if Los Blancos are unable to sign Manchester Unitedâ€™s Paul Pogba. Pochettino said earlier this week he is unsure if Eriksen has played his last match for Tottenham, but it is also clear the uncertainty of his future is weighing more on the manager than the player at the moment.
Arsenalâ€™s issues stem from whether Unai Emery knows who his best XI are after three matches. The second-year boss got it all wrong at Anfield last weekend, where runners-up Liverpool cruised to a 3-1 victory. On the plus side, midfielder Dani Ceballos has seamlessly stepped into the middle of the park since arriving on loan from Real Madrid, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continues to be a goal-scoring threat every time he touches the ball.
On the negative side, Mesut Ozil has yet to play a minute this term due to the fallout from a failed carjacking involving him and Sead Kolasinac before the start of the season and also Emery not deeming him match-fit. Centre back David Luiz was chasing ghosts all over Anfield and his blatant pull on Mo Salahâ€™s shirt early in the second half allowed the Egypt international to double Liverpoolâ€™s lead.
Record summer signing Nicolas Pepe got his first Premier League start in the Anfield cauldron, and the Â£72 million signing did not look out of place on the right wing, though Emeryâ€™s diamond midfield as part of his 4-3-1-2 set-up gave the Reds far too much room on the flanks.
Spurs wide backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker-Peters, however, may not have to do much if Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura can continue to keep Luiz and Sokratis off-balance. Kane has tormented Arsenal with nine goals in 11 matches across all competitions, with the England talisman bagging at least one goal in eight of his nine league clashes with the Gunners.