NORTH LONDON DERBY PREVIEW: Arsenal vs Tottenham

PHOTO: arsenal.com

PHOTO: arsenal.com

Arsenal would hope to forget their 5-1 thrashing by German Champions Bayern Munich in the Champions League mid-week, and will attempt to respond with a win at home against rivals Tottenham Hotspurs in the north London Derby.
Centre-back Laurent Koscielny could be available following a hip problem for Sunday’s clash and but full-back Hector Bellerin remains sidelined with groin injury.

Captain Mikel Arteta (ankle) faces a fitness test, while goalkeeper David Ospina could return from a shoulder problem. Forward Theo Walcott (calf), midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey (both hamstring), Jack Wilshere (fibula), forward Danny Welbeck and Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky all continue their rehabilitation.
Tottenham defender Danny Rose is hoping to recover from a knock in time for the clash while summer signing Son Heung-min is available again following six weeks out with a foot problem, but Nabil Bentaleb and Nacer Chadli are both out with ankle injuries.

Arsenal have won 13 and lost just two of their last 18 Barclays Premier League games at the Emirates, conceding just nine goals in that run.

Spurs have won just one of their last 22 Premier League trips to their north London rivals (W1 D8 L13).
Tottenham have lost just two of their last 10 Premier League away games (W4 D4 L2)
Mesut Özil has the most goal assists in Europe’s top five leagues this season (9).
Olivier Giroud has scored in five of his last seven Premier League appearances.

Four of Giroud’s six Premier League goals have been assisted by Özil, including the last three in a row.
Since debuting in August 2012, Olivier Giroud has scored the most headed goals in the Premier League (15).
The Gunners have scored 199 and conceded 97 goals in Premier League London derbies on home soil. They also have earned 399 points from all London derbies.

Petr Cech has the best saves to shots ratio of any goalkeeper in the top flight this season (83%) and needs just one clean sheet to equal David James’ record of 169 in the Premier League.
Spurs are on the longest unbeaten run in the Premier League, having not lost a game in the competition since the opening day (10 games – W5 D5 L0).

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