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Arsenal exceeded expectations last season. Outsiders for the top four with the best online sportsbooks, Mikel Arteta’s men instead challenged for the Premier League title. They led the way for much of the campaign, only to be edged out by Manchester City in the end.
The fact Arsenal were disappointed to finish second shows how far they came. The goal this season is to go one better and bring the trophy to the Emirates Stadium for the first time (Arsenal’s previous titles were won when they were at Highbury).
The Gunners have made a positive start to the new season, and they head into the weekend just two points adrift of City in top spot. A return of 13 points from a possible 15 means they have failed to win only one of their five games up to now: a 2-2 draw with Fulham in August.
Arsenal have arguably been more solid than spectacular so far. They ground out 1-0 away wins at Crystal Palace and Everton. They only beat Nottingham Forest at home by two goals to one. Even in the 3-1 victory over Manchester United, the score was level going into second-half stoppage time.
On balance, though, that is probably a good thing. Arsenal still have a few more gears to go into. They are becoming a more complete side, able to win even when they are not playing their best soccer.
The Gunners turned on the style in midweek, thumping PSV 4-0 in their first Champions League game since 2017. That will have given Arteta’s side confidence ahead of this meeting with Tottenham Hotspur, the opponent this club wants to beat more than any other.
There has been plenty of gloom and doom around Tottenham over the last couple of years. Since Mauricio Pochettino departed in 2019, Spurs have been through three different managers without any real progress.
None of Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo nor Antonio Conte was a good fit. The latter is clearly a top-class coach, but he is difficult to work with and he always gave the impression that he was doing Spurs a favor by being there.
That is not the case for Ange Postecoglou, who has been a breath of fresh air since joining the club from Celtic over the summer. With his straight talking off the pitch and an attractive style of soccer on it, Postecoglou is already adored by the Tottenham faithful.
Results at the beginning of the campaign have been better than expected. Like Arsenal, Tottenham have collected 13 points so far, and their better goal difference means they are second in the standings behind only Manchester City.
Spurs kicked things off with a 2-2 draw with Brentford, after which they registered four consecutive triumphs over Manchester United, Bournemouth, Burnley and Sheffield United.
Admittedly, those latter three fixtures are not the toughest. But Postecoglou deserves immense credit for the work he has done so far. More important than anything, the Australian has restored a feel-good factor to the club - and that will be vital if Tottenham are to achieve their objectives this term.
The top four looked unrealistic before the season got underway, but Spurs supporters will now be more hopeful that they can in fact qualify for the Champions League.
The north London derby has consistently been one of the most entertaining fixtures in the Premier League. Many matches between rivals are tight, tense affairs, but Arsenal vs Tottenham tends to produce more open games than, say, Manchester United vs Liverpool.
This fixture has not produced a 0-0 since February 2009. The last scoreless stalemate at Arsenal’s home ground came at Highbury, in November 1998. Goals are usually on the cards when these two teams lock horns.
There is no reason to expect a deviation from that pattern this time around. Arsenal will look to play on the front foot, urged on by the home fans. Tottenham are now much more of an offense-minded side under Postecoglou, who will not simply shut up shop with the aim of grinding out a draw.
That is good news for the neutrals, who could be treated to one of the most absorbing matches of the season so far. The last two north London derbies at the Emirates Stadium have contained over 3.5 goals, and that is our recommended bet for Sunday’s showdown.
It is a better choice than betting the moneyline given how difficult it is to forecast which of these sides will come out on top, with the draw possessing plenty of merit too.
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Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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