Arsenal and Tottenham out to prove a point at the Emirates Stadium

By on November 28, 2018

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Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday aiming to prove they have what it takes to mount a sustained challenge for a top four spot.

The Gunners beat Bournemouth 2-1 on Sunday to get back to winning ways after three consecutive draws, extending their unbeaten run in all competitions to 17 matches.

They head into the weekend in fifth place, three points behind Spurs in third and just one adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.

Fans watching the game via live streaming at Ronaldo7 will be intrigued to find out whether Arsenal boss Unai Emery retains the same formation he played against Bournemouth.

Emery sprang something of a tactical surprise at the Vitality Stadium by naming Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding in a defensive back three.

The experiment proved successful, with both of Arsenal’s goals coming from the extra space the system creates down the flanks.

This weekend’s game will undoubtedly be a tough test for Arsenal, particularly with Spurs in rich vein of form themselves.

Saturday’s impressive 3-1 victory over Chelsea was their fifth win in a row in all competitions and kept them in touch with Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.

Spurs have held the upper hand over their local rivals in recent times, losing just one of their last eight meetings in the Premier League.

Their solitary defeat during that run came in the corresponding fixture back in November 2017, with goals by Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez securing a 2-0 victory for the Gunners.

Both sides will be eager to secure a positive result this weekend ahead of what will be a hectic December schedule in the league.

The Gunners follow up the derby game with a visit to Manchester United on Wednesday, December 5. Fixtures against Huddersfield Town (H), Southampton (A), Burnley (H), Brighton & Hove Albion (A) and Liverpool (A) round off a busy month.

Spurs are also in action next Wednesday as they welcome Southampton to Wembley Stadium. Leicester City (A), Burnley (H), Everton (A), Bournemouth (H) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) completes their December fixtures.

With both teams facing a largely favourable schedule during the rest of December, this weekend’s game takes on added significance.

An Arsenal win would be a huge statement of intent that they are serious contenders for a top four finish, while a Spurs victory would mark them down as genuine title challengers.

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