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Bitter North London rivals meet at the Emirates. This preview is courtesy of fanatix.

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur meet in the Premier League in a north London derby that feels somewhat more significant than most in recent years, as the distance between the two teams has decreased to minimal proportions.

Gunners fans’ famous mocking line of “Mind the gap” no longer feels quite so self-assured, and just one point separates Spurs and the Gunners in the Premier League.

Venue Emirates Stadium, Saturday 12.45pm

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Last season Arsenal 5 Tottenham 2

Referee Howard Webb

This season’s matches 7 Y30, R1, 4.43 cards per game

Odds Arsenal 10-11 Tottenham 3-1 Draw 11-4

fanatix predicted line-ups:

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Arsenal

Subs from Mannone, Djourou, Jenkinson, André Santos, Gnabry, Ramsey, Chamberlain, Squillaci, Frimpong, Chamakh, Arshavin

Doubtful Arteta (hip), Chamberlain (hip), Giroud (hamstring), Ramsey (groin), Sagna (match fitness), Szczesny (ankle), Walcott (buttock)

Injured Gervinho (ankle, 24 Nov), Gibbs (thigh, 24 Nov), Diaby (thigh, 8 Dec), Rosicky (achilles, 8 Dec), Fabianski (ankle, Jan)

Suspended None

Form guide DLWLWL

Disciplinary record Y11 R1

Leading scorers Cazorla, Gervinho, Giroud, Podolski 3

Tottenham

Subs from Cudicini, Gomes, Lloris, Defoe, Dawson, Sigurdsson, Falqué, Walker, Livermore, Townsend, Carroll, Fredericks

Doubtful Defoe (hamstring), Lennon (hamstring), Walker (hamstring)

Injured Assou-Ekotto (knee, 25 Nov), Dembélé (hip, 25 Nov), Parker (achilles, 16 Dec), Kaboul (knee, Jan)

Suspended None

Form guide LLWLWW

Disciplinary record Y15 R1

Leading scorer Defoe 5

STAT ATTACK

Head-to-head

Tottenham have lost only one of their last five north London derbies with Arsenal: their 5-2 away defeat in February.

It is almost two years to the day (20 November) since Tottenham’s last win at the Emirates – a memorable 3-2 victory having trailed 2-0 at half-time.

There have been 29 goals scored in the six Premier League meetings between these clubs at the Emirates – an average of 4.8 goals per game.

One hundred goals have been scored in 32 derbies between the sides since Arsene Wenger took charge of Arsenal (the Gunners have scored 61 compared to Tottenham’s 39).

Arsenal

This is Arsenal’s worst start to a season since 1982-83, when they had only 14 points after 11 games.

Arsenal have won only two home games so far this season: the 6-1 demolition of Southampton and the 1-0 win over QPR.

The Gunners conceded just six goals in their opening nine matches in all competitions but have let in 16 goals in their last eight games.

Olivier Giroud scored the Gunners’ first headed goal of the season last weekend against Fulham.

Tottenham

Defeat at Manchester City last weekend ended Tottenham’s run of three successive away wins.

Andre Villas-Boas’s men have kept only one clean sheet in 11 league games this season, October’s 2-0 home win over Aston Villa.

William Gallas and Emmanuel Adebayor are two of four players to have appeared for both clubs in north London Premier League derbies, along with David Bentley and Sol Campbell.

Adebayor, who has scored seven Premier League goals in this fixture – equal most with Robert Pires – is one of only two players to net for both teams in this fixture, the other being Jimmy Robertson.

fanatix prediction: 3-3. A goalfest in which both teams go home feeling unlucky but somehow content.

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