2023/24 Premier League: Arsenal v Tottenham Match Preview
The first North London Derby of the season is set to see the Gunners and the Lilywhites meet at the Emirates on Sunday.
There is a lot on the line for both Arsenal and Spurs when they go head to head at the Emirates Stadium in what will be the first North London Derby of the 2023/24 Premier League season on Sunday. For Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham, they have the chance to claim the bragging rights and a fifth league win in a row, which could see them sitting at the top of the Premier League table once the weekend’s action has come to a close. Mikel Arteta’s Gunners also have the chance to go top with a win.
Whether either side can go top on Sunday depends on Saturday’s results, but Spurs will nonetheless want to continue their fantastic form and claim local bragging rights. Victory would also strengthen the Lilywhites’ chances of securing all-important European football come the end of the season.
Tottenham Hotspur’s opening game of the Premier League season saw them take the short trip across London to face Thomas Frank’s Brentford at the GTech Community Stadium. It was the first match following Harry Kane’s departure to Bayern Munich, and Ange Postecoglou’s side came away with a point thanks to a 2 – 2 draw. Cristian Romero (11’) and Emerson Royal (45+4’) found the back of the net for the away side that day.
This was followed by a fantastic and comfortable 2 – 0 victory against Manchester United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. This was a statement victory so early in the campaign, with these two clubs likely to be battling with each other and a number of other teams for a spot in Europe for next season. A goal from Pape Matar Sarr (49’) and an own goal from Red Devils defender Lisandro Martinez (83’) ensured the win and all three points for Spurs.
Another 2-0 victory came in the Lilywhites’ next game, beating Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on the South Coast thanks to goals from summer signing James Maddison (17’) and Dejan Kulusevski (63’). Following the defeat against Fulham in the Carabao Cup at Craven Cottage, Spurs played against newly promoted Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League, aiming to make it three wins in a row.
Postecoglou’s side did just that, beating Vincent Kompany’s Clarets by an emphatic margin of 5 – 2. Cristian Romero (45+2’), James Maddison (54’) and a spectacular hat-trick from Son Heung-Min sealed the win.
Tottenham played Sheffield United at home in their most recent match, completing an incredible late comeback to beat the Blades 2 – 1. Richarlison (90+8’) and Dejan Kulusevski (90+10’) were the goal scorers for the Lilywhites.
Now onto Sunday, where Tottenham Hotspur will meet Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the first North London Derby of the season. These matches bring with them drama and are always highly anticipated by supporters and neutrals alike.
The rivalry between these two clubs began in 1908. Arsenal had been known as Dial Square, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich Arsenal and The Arsenal before they eventually settled on their current name.
Arsenal were based in South London at the time, but they decided to move to North London to increase attendances and to take advantage of the bigger catchment area for both players and supporters. This angered Tottenham, but the Gunners completed the move to Highbury in 1913.
Following World War One, Arsenal and Spurs were both in Division Two. The Gunners were granted a place in the first division, effectively at the expense of Spurs. The rivalry has only grown since then.
There have been a number of memorable matches played between these two clubs over the years. One such game was the 1991 FA Cup Semi Final at Wembley, in which Spurs won 3 – 1. Paul Gascoigne opened the scoring with a stunning 30-yard free-kick before Gary Lineker scored to give the Lilywhites the lead again following an Alan Smith equaliser. Lineker scored again to put the game out of sight and secure Spurs a spot in the Final. Tottenham went on to win the final after beating Nottingham Forest 2 – 1.
Fast forward to 2010, and there was another memorable North London Derby. It was played in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium, where the Lilywhites were 3 – 2 winners – this does not tell the whole story. Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh had given Arsenal a 2 – 0 lead at half time before goals from Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart and Younes Kaboul secured Spurs a spectacular comeback win.
Harry Kane is the top scorer for Spurs against Arsenal with 14. Bobby Smith and Billy Minter are just behind him with 10 and 9 goals, respectively.
Tottenham will want to take revenge on Arsenal after the Gunners completed a Premier League double over the Lilywhites in the 2022/23 Premier League season.
Over the years, these two clubs have played against each other on 207 occasions to date. Arsenal have the most wins with 86 compared to Spurs’ 67. There have been 54 draws between them.
Ange Postecoglou and his Tottenham Hotspur team will be looking to secure another statement win this season as they look for North London bragging rights and European football.
Spurs will welcome Arsenal to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in their second encounter of the 2023/24 Premier League season on Saturday, 27th April 2024.
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