The stage is set for one of the most enthralling North London derbies in years as Tottenham host Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.
Spurs have recently shown their mettle with positive results against Manchester City and Chelsea, and victory over the Gunners would surely establish beyond any doubt their status as Premier League title contenders.
Arsenal will be desperate to topple the league leaders but must overcome their form and the history books to do so.
Mikel Arteta’s side are winless in three league games, while Arsenal’s last away victory in a North London derby came all the way back in 2014.
Arteta, who started the 1-0 victory six-and-a-half years ago, knows the ideal route to relieve the pressure on his shoulders would be to beat Jose Mourinho’s high-fliers.
Here, Mirror Football’s reporters make their predictions for what promises to be a blockbuster fixture.
Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal – James Nursey
I fancy a home win as Jose Mourinho targets the Premier League title this season.
Mourinho has attempted to downplay Spurs’ title prospects, comparing them to a “pony” in a race.
But they look like a thoroughbred to me and have one of the best trainers in the business.
Mourinho’s early attempts at mind games underlines he is most definitely targeting the title.
Anyone who watched the excellent Amazon show about the club can see how Mourinho has added defensive organisation and a will to win to make them less Spursy.
Tottenham 3-1 Arsenal – John Cross
I think Tottenham are in a much better place than Arsenal right now. The Kane and Son double act is deadly, good in midfield, good recruitment in the summer, Jose has the bit between his teeth.
Will be amazing to have fans back.
But don’t think it’ll help Arsenal. Not sure on Leno, issues at the back, a real lack of creativity and Aubameyang off form.
I still think Arteta is a good manager but I never believed it would just happen in a year and they’d make top four this time.
Give him time. Stop being impatient but some of the deals, like Willian, worry me more about the recruitment than the manager.
But Mourinho’s in the box seat. Spurs big favourites and will win.
Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal – Andy Dunn
Despite their Europa League win over not-so-Rapid Vienna, there is no obvious reason why Arsenal should go where City and Chelsea have not, especially as they have scored just two goals in their last six Premier League games.
It’s a relatively comfortable home win.
Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal – David McDonnell
Tottenham, top of the table, are flying high under Jose Mourinho and so well-drilled under him, while Arsenal are finding it hard to score in the Premier League and lacking any kind of conviction. Against that backdrop, a comfortable Spurs win seems the likely outcome.
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Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal – Mike Walters
It’s never as clear-cut as you might think in the Seven Sisters derby – but this time there’s a clear favourite.
Gone are the days when Arsene Wenger would saunter up the Edmonton High Road and abscond into the sunset with three points (or one, if it was enough to clinch the title on enemy soil).
And with respect, this is the most bang-average Arsenal team in a generation.
Harry Kane has scored 10 goals in north London squabbles, and if the England captain is fit he will fancy his chances of adding to them.
Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal – Sam Meade
Is there a more Mourinho game in football? His side, a well-oiled machine fully engrained in what he wants them to do, against a wounded outfit.
What’s the betting that Tottenham have no more than six attempts but score at least twice.
Even in last week’s draw at Chelsea the Kane-Son link up was evident and you don’t envisage Arsenal’s defence coping with that.
Similarly the Gunners, who are hardly firing, don’t look like they have what it takes to break Tottenham down.
Not quite a home banker, but not far from.
Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal – Alex Richards
Arsenal aren’t scoring enough right now and you can’t trust their defence.
It’ll be interesting to see whether Arteta reverts to three centre-backs in a bid to shut down Kane and Son.
Thursday’s Europa League thrashing of Rapid Vienna has been pointed to as a morale-boosting success, but they’re perfect in Europe this season, and far from it domestically, so that doesn’t really hold weight.
Spurs have looked like a smart, mature football team for the most part this season thus far. I’m expecting them to be victorious.
Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal – Neil Moxley
Tight, real tight. Be amazed if it was anything other than that on Sunday.
There’s been a few occasions in recent years – particularly when Spurs were on the end of a 4-2 defeat at the Emirates in 2018 – when they’ve gone into this fixture and not delivered. Arsenal have dug out a result.
But Mikel Arteta’s side blow hot and cold these days. They are just as capable of losing comfortably as winning comfortably and Wolves triumphing in north London last week for the first time since 1979 is not a good sign.
As for Spurs, Jose Mourinho can say his players were upset at not leaving Stamford Bridge with all three points. Who’s he kidding? That dressing room would have been delighted with a clean sheet.
I trust Arsenal’s defence less, however. I see Spurs sneaking it, by a single goal.
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